Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Google Baba Ki Jay - Part 2

Big Brother Google is Watching You! All the time. How do you think Google gives you fairly accurate traffic information on Google Maps? Initially, Google Maps was used as just that - like a map. To find your way in an unknown place, or to know the distance between two places.

But some time in March 2012, Google developed an algorithm that measured the density of devices logged in to Google along with tracking the location based on GPS. So if you are logged in to Google on your mobile phone, tablet, or your computer or laptop, Google knows exactly where you are located.

Look at the picture below. Google has tracked where I am writing this post on my laptop (in Deviprasad Goenka Management College of Media Studies), and NOT my mobile phone.


This does raises privacy issues. What if you do not want to be tracked by Google? What if you don't want Google to know your location? Well, Google lets you opt out. Here's a link to know how to do just that:

http://bgr.com/2014/08/28/google-maps-location-tracking-opt-out/

Very recently, Google Maps has introduced a feature to actually let your contacts track your location. You can share your location with friends and family. All you have to do is keep the 'Location' or your GPS on, and click on the blue dot that shows your location on Google Map. You will see the menu from which you can share your location with the people you select.

Here are the screenshots:


I have just used the feature, so for the next one hour, my wife knows exactly where I am. If you are faking too much traffic because of which you are late for a meeting, be careful. People may just ask you to share your location. 

And spouses, sons, daughters, girlfriends and boyfriends, BEWARE :) !!!! Isn't this rather interesting? Readers, what do you think? Would love to know. Please do comment.