Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we’ll still track you – The Register

Google appears to be very interested in knowing where its users are at all times. Google users are complaining that Google Play’s constant use of GPS is draining Android battery life, and it is almost impossible for users to turn of the GPS on their phones without disabling location tracking for all apps. This results in users being promoted location-specific apps, which people find annoying and an invasion of privacy. At the moment, the only way of stopping this is to delete Google Maps and/or Google Play, or turn location services on and off as needed.

Key Takeaways:

  • Google has made it impossible to prevent the app store from tracking your whereabouts unless you completely kill off location tracking for all applications.
  • Google Play services pass on your location to installed apps via an API. The store also sends your whereabouts to Google to process.
  • Google is using your location to tout apps to you. If you wander into a pharmacy, you’ll be offered software to print your photos.

“Although it makes far more sense for Maps to have access to your location, the latest build doesn’t give you a decent option of turning it off.”