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.
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.