"I knew I was being tracked but naively didn't think they were saving everything in a timeline," says Google user Leslie Morgan Nakajima, of Capitola, California. "But to see everything there was pretty chilling. They had every store, restaurant and bar I had visited, and the exact times I was there. I was so freaked out."
It is no secret that the tech behemoth, Google, is in the data mining business. From cookies to targeted ads, the amount of specific information they have on individuals is mind blowing.
While these "features" are marketed to users to improve their user experience, the Orwellian tracking systems employed by Google to do so are shocking, especially the location tracking and history.
By default, Google's Location History function is turned off and users must 'opt in' to turn it on. However, many Google users report never turning it on, yet when they check their history, Google has been tracking them for months.