acebook has already been tracking users for years, linking names to activities, and even tracking where those little “like” buttons have gone – even when users did not click on them.
But on the other hand, the Google change blows away that idea that data trackers and brokers have been just developing anonymous data bases that could simply help advertisers make better, more granular ads. Nope, these databases can now have lots of your personal detailed information – including your name and email address in them. Since virtually everyone in the western world with an Android smartphone has a Google Account, Google is the 800 pound gorilla when it comes to online privacy – they can sit where they want to.
It’s a fair bet to say that Google remembers your activities and where you have been better than you do. However, you can tweak the setting in your Google Account. To do so, go to Activity control and uncheck the box as shown below:
That will probably – but not definitively – will enhance your privacy. Since you have already fallen down the rabbit hole – take a look around at the types of information you are still sending Google. And, your privacy tweaks work only if Google plays by their own rules. They have come under fire for tracking people even when the location feature was turned off. Happy unchecking.