But its help page now states: "This setting does not affect other location services on your device".
The AP investigation found that even with Location History turned off, Google stores user location when, for instance, the Google Maps app is opened, or when users conduct Google searches that aren't related to location.
The clarification is mentioned on a Location History help page, which Google changed on Thursday.
Before the modification, the page said, "with Location history off, the places you go are no longer stored". Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones can also track the exact location of a user.
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Google has now made it clear that "some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services", even with "Location History" turned off. Following the AP tweet, indianexpress.com looked at the web page's earlier revisions using Wayback Machine, which used to say that users can turn off location history at any time.
"As the (AP) story notes, we make sure Location History users know that when they disable the product, we continue to use location to improve the Google experience when they do things like perform a Google search or use Google for driving directions".
With the revelation that users can not easily turn off tracking, Google has seemingly found itself in the midst of swirling debates over privacy, particularly with the rollout of the Europe Union's new sweeping privacy disclosure and tracking regulations in late May, and a consumer data protection law passed in California in June.
The FTC has declined to say whether it had begun investigating Google for how it has described Location History. The sad part about Google's tracking is that most users are unaware of the fact that their every movement is tracked by Google even when they have not granted the permissions for it.