Where was I last Friday at 8 p.m.? Google probably knows

Published: December 19, 2013, 12:01 pm, by Dalton Walker


Hey smartphone fanatics, here’s something that’s kind of creepy. Well, depending on how you look at it, it might be awesome and a great reminder for your active life.

This is not a new feature for users of Google on smartphones, but it’s one you should be aware of. Tech blogger Greg Kumparak delivers a friendly reminder of the power of Google.

In a post on techcrunch.com, Kumparak explains Google’s location data is readily available and users can figure out where they were, say last Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. Basically, Google knows where you are all the time. So if you hiked Pikes Peak or wandered downtown Colorado Springs Saturday night, Google can trace your steps.

Here is a snippet of Kumparak’s post:

“If you carry any Google-filled gear (like, say, an Android phone or tablet), there was a prompt during the initial setup that asked if Google could transmit your location data back to the mothership. This is that data. You know how Google Now can auto-magically figure out where you work and warn you about traffic? This is the data that makes that possible (or at least a good chunk of it.)”

Kumparak also explains how users can erase data or opt-out.

I followed the link and plugged in my information and found nothing (whew!). It works best with Android phone or tablets, apparently. I’m an IPhone guy but I use Google maps.

Now I can’t remember where I was last Tuesday.