Warning about Google Maps: Why iPhone users might want to get rid of it for good
GOOGLE Maps is without a doubt one of the most popular ways to navigate from point A to point B, but once you learn how much personal data it collects, you may want to erase it from your phone.
Users of Google Maps should consider uninstalling the software from their iPhones as soon as possible. At least, that’s the advise in a new analysis from cybersecurity expert Zak Doffman, who revealed what data Google Maps collects from its millions of users in a Forbes piece.
Apple just announced new guidelines that make it easier for iPhone owners to view exactly what information apps like Google Maps collect once they’re installed on their devices, and it’s really scary stuff. Every program on the App Store must declare how much data it collects, how it is used for advertising, and how it is shared with the creators, among other things.
Google Maps, as Doffman notes, can keep track of data such as location, contacts, data consumption, and even browser history.
That may not come as a shock, but what is more concerning is Google Maps’ claim that this information can be linked to a person’s identity. That means this program has the ability to create a fairly detailed profile of its users.
“Google Maps is meant to protect your information,” Google claimed in a statement to Forbes. We provide controls so you can quickly manage your settings, and we protect your data with industry-leading technology like differential privacy. We’re working hard to make Google Maps the best and most accurate way to navigate and explore the world, including features like the COVID layer and real-time traffic information.
There wasn’t really a viable competition to Google Maps until recently, but with Apple unveiling a major update to its Maps app, now might be a good time to make the switch. Apple, unlike Google, does not link data like search history, location, or usage to individual users.
Apple Maps will get a major makeover in the autumn as part of iOS 15, with the entire service getting a fresh coat of paint.
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