Google Maps needs to collect your data and let you know
Google Maps plays the card of transparency with a new message that is now displayed when activating real-time navigation. The mapping service would like to inform you that it is preparing to collect your data. If you do not agree, you will not be able to enjoy real time navigation.
In May 2021, Google gave its new Google I / O 2021 conference. During this event dedicated to developers, Google lingered for many minutes on the confidentiality and protection of user privacy. The company wants to be more transparent and better inform users about what it collects and how it protects their data.
This is why since the conference was held, you may be greeted by a message entitled “We protect your privacy ” when you open Google Maps, Gmail or even Google Drive. And justly, Google wants to continue playing the transparency card, as evidenced this new post spotted on Google Maps.
Indeed, when you are about to launch real-time navigation, a new window appears. “As you navigate, Google collects information, such as the GPS position and the route taken. This data can be used to make information, including real-time traffic conditions and disturbances visible to other people, and help them find the fastest route ”, writes the American company.
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Google is clarifying things around data collection on Maps
As you will have understood, Google justifies here to the user the collection of data necessary for the proper functioning of navigation in real time. The firm also specifies that the data is not associated with your Gmail account as well as the device used. And if you feel like Google is giving you a choice, it really isn’t.
If you do not agree to share your data, you just won’t be able to access real-time navigation. You will only be able to enjoy a route displayed in the form of a listing, step by step. In this mode, no real-time traffic or disturbance updates, voice indications, etc. This invitation to “provide navigation data” is just starting to appear for Google Maps users on Android and iOS on Tuesday, August 24, 2021.