Google’s ingenious “tracking system” that can ALWAYS follow you – even when you’re not in their apps

Just as Google’s apps are vast, ranging from maps to analytics, so is the tech giant’s collection of personal data.

Some say Google’s sophisticated “tracking system” is awesome, others complain it’s creepy.

If you're using an Android device, Google doesn't even have to use Maps to track you


If you’re using an Android device, Google doesn’t even have to use Maps to track youPhoto credit: THE SUN

Google products offer a wide range of apps and services used by billions of people every day.

So it’s not surprising that Google collects data from YouTube, email, maps, Chrome, and Android phones — all owned by the company.

If you’re using an Android device, Google doesn’t even have to use Maps to track you.

And when you visit a website that uses Google Analytics, you give Google access to your browsing history.

Google Analytics provides the people who operate websites with data about the traffic and clicks on this website.

Then there’s Global Site Tag, an advertising tracker from Google.

When a website uses the Global Site Tag, users also give Google access to their browsing history.

The data Google collects can tell the company a lot about who you are — as a consumer.

Be it your name, age, what you do, what interests you and what you react to.

How do I limit what Google knows about me?

While it can be surprising to find out how much Google knows about you, there are limits you can set.

But the truth is, as long as you have technology in your life, Google’s knowledge of your personal information is never really going to go away.

Users can easily change app permissions in their iPhone, Android, and Chrome browser settings.

Deactivate site history Prevents Google from saving details of all places visited and routes traveled.

Turn off the Location Option on your phone prevents Google Maps from accessing your location.

Turn off the Web and App Activity Toggle prevents the company from storing all your activity related to Google products or services.

If you’re curious as to what exactly Google knows about you, you can actually check it out.

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While downloading the data doesn’t erase it, it can be useful to see what Google knows.

  • Go to
  • Select the products you want to back up.
  • Click Next at the bottom of the page.
  • Choose the file format and your delivery method – you can receive a link via email or have the archive sent to Dropbox, Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.
  • Then tap on “Create archive”.
  • Next you wait. Google warns that creating the archive can take hours or days.
  • So that you haven’t missed anything Download all the data Google has about you since you first started using its services

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