When a user chooses to pause Google’s collection of location data with the “Location History” option, the search giant continues to collect and store that information. It’s a sleight of hand that’s enough to make someone shut off everything just to be safe.
Following a blog post by K. Shankari, a graduate researcher at UC Berkeley, the Associated Press decided to look into exactly what it takes to disable the recording of your location history when using Google products. It found the company’s user controls are quite confusing if you’re not paying close attention.
All of the Google apps have an option to disable the tracking and storing of your location data in one way or another. You can enter a labyrinth of your own data, search history, ad settings, and more at the My Activity hub.