patterns can take up many masks when it comes to anonymously
controlling your data, and “misdirect” you into believing that
you’re in total control.
instance, did you ever think Google can still track you even if
you turn location services off using the settings on your phone? I
hate to break it to you, but it’s true.
News has confirmed that
Google does track your location for its Maps, Google Search and
Weather even if you have turned Location services off. And
toggling that location icon on the notification panel will
only stop Google from making location timelines. In other words,
only hiding location history from the plain sight.
the other hand, Google says, “We provide clear descriptions of
these tools, and robust controls so people can turn them on or
off, and delete their histories at any time.”
take a deeper look at these “tools” and hopefully stop Google from
tracking us anymore.
to stop Google from tracking you completely?
Go to your Android device settings
2. Scroll down to Google Settings
3. Tap on Google Account to review all your Google account and
4. Then go to Data and Personalization
5. Scroll down to Activity controls
6. Turn off Web & App activity and Location history
you want to delete
any past location activity, head over to My
Activity and look for specific entries
which have location pins beside them.
toggling Web activity will right away stop all Google services
from storing your activity, including location services, turning
location history off will pause Google to store location stamps of
the places you will visit.
this is where Dark Patterns come in. Turning Web Activity off will
not only stop personalized results and stop Gooogle from tracking
you, but also hamper many Google services like Google Assistant.
the past, Facebook and Google both have been accused
of following Dark Patterns in their product design,
making critical settings confusing. Even more, threatening users
into loss of functionality if people don’t go these intrusive