RIP Philo

Google Maps Timeline

Turns out I spent 33 hours in a car last month.

which is actually a lot less than I would have thought.  Even though there were days where I never left the apartment.
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December 6th, 2017 12:41pm

Holy shit. Is it possible to disable this?
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December 6th, 2017 12:47pm
You probably opted-in way back when you bought your first Android phone and don't remember now.

I expect Apple is doing the same tracking, only they aren't telling anyone until they can remove all the useful features.
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December 6th, 2017 1:03pm
> Holy shit. Is it possible to disable this?

When I click that link I get “your location history is off”
Doesn’t mean they aren’t collecting maybe they just don’t show me
I don’t know how I turned that off
But google “turn off location history google” for a start
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December 6th, 2017 1:13pm

Found a message when you go to turn it back on informing me that: "Location information may be reported even when no Apps are running."

Which is obviously true when you look at that timeline, it's constantly logging your exact GPS and reporting.

I think this is interesting legally.

Cops can ask Google, "Show us everyone that was near this location at 9pm on this date." And Google gives them that list. Then they come and arrest Bob. Bob's cell phone shows he was the only person at the scene of the murder. What happened of course was Bob had run over a cat and was trying to do CPR on it. But Bob has no proof of that. Instead he's the only person that stopped that night in front of the dead person's house. Bob is convicted and sent to jail.

Later Jim is arrested and charged with some other murder. Jim says no problem, he has an alibi, he was out hiking in the woods alone 100 miles away. His Google Maps Timeline proves it. The prosecutor dismisses the argument. He says that the Google Maps Timeline only proves Jim's phone was out there, Jim himself was at the murder scene. Jim must have given the phone to a friend. Jim is convicted.
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December 6th, 2017 1:22pm

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