Tag Archive: Google Maps


How To Delete And Disable Your Google Location History

 

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” Google can track your location and show you on Google Maps and Google Earth where you have been recently, which you may find useful, interesting, or invasive. Here’s how to see if you have location history turned on and how to disable it.

  I had location history enabled for Google Maps and didn’t know it. I found it interesting to see which spots Google logged for me over the past week or month, and I don’t plan on disabling the service. It’s nice to know, however, that I can delete portions of my location history or all of it, as well as disable the feature from tracking me in the future.

  To see if you have location history enabled, head to the Google Maps Location history page. Click the gear-icon button to access History settings. Here, you can choose to disable or enable the service.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Disabling location history, however, does not remove your past history. If you’d like to erase the locations Google has stored for the past 30 days, head back to the Location history page. The default time period shows location history for the current day, so you may not see any plots on the map.

  Use the pull-down menu below the calendar on the left to show your history, up to 30 days. If you choose a time period in which Google has tracked your location, you’ll see the points where you’ve been on the map. And below the calendar, you’ll see options to delete your history from the time period you have chosen or to delete all history.”

 

 

CNET has all the details

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuck in Traffic? Thanks, Obama!: Feds To Regulate Waze, Google Maps, And Other Navigation Apps

 

 

 

 

 

” The Obama administration wants to cripple the navigation and traffic reporting apps on your smartphone. In the name of safety, of course.

  Provisions in the proposed transportation bill—which Congress will look at in the next few months—would give the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration the power to regulate apps like Google Maps and Waze, the crowdsourced traffic reporting tool. 

  They’re going to start with automobiles’ built-in navigation devices, since regulatory authority is clearer there. Possible “features” include limiting inputs when the car is in motion, or making people click a button saying that they are a passenger.

  But of course, if they make the onboard navigation systems in cars suck, people will just turn to their smartphones, right? So they had better regulate those too. 

  The impulse to regulate against distracted driving has a long, not terribly glorious pedigree, dating all the way back to efforts to go after people who were changing the radio station while driving. In more recent years, talking and texting bans have failed to show clear positive results and may even cause harm.”

 

 

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How A Hacker Intercepted FBI And Secret Service Calls With Google Maps

 

” Earlier this week, Bryan Seely, a network engineer and one-time Marine, played me recordings of two phone calls (embedded below.) The calls were placed by unwitting citizens to the FBI office in San Francisco and to the Secret Service in Washington, D.C. Neither the callers nor the FBI or Secret Service personnel who answered the phone realized that Seely was secretly recording them. He used Google Maps to do it.”

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“Yesterday, Gizmodo reported on how easy it was for Seely to spam Google Maps with fake listings. Seely has revealed to Valleywag a more troubling way to exploit the Google’s laissez-faire attitude toward verification—loopholes the international search megalith has known about for at least four years.”

 

 

 

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” The callers that Seely recorded thought they were speaking directly to the government agencies because they looked up the telephone number on Google Maps. What they didn’t know was that Seely had set up fake listings for the San Francisco FBI office and Secret Service in Washington, D.C., displaying numbers that went to a phone account he set up rather than the federal offices. After Seely’s numbers received the calls, they were seamlessly forwarded to the real offices the callers were trying to reach, only now the audio of their conversations with real federal agents was being captured by Seely.

Seely told Valleywag:

   Who is gonna think twice about what Google publishes on their maps? Everyone trusts Google implicitly and it’s completely unwarranted and it’s completely unsafe. I could make a duplicate of the White House and take every inbound phone call from the White House. I could do it for every Senator, every Congressman, every mayor, every governor—every Democratic, every Republican candidate. Every office.

  This is what I do when I’m bored. I just uncovered a national security issue while I was at McDonald’s. My internet at the house just got installed [last Saturday] so all these hacks and everything I figured out, was on wifi at McDonald’s while my 5-year-old was playing with other little kids.”

 

 

 

    There is more than a touch of irony in Google being used to violate the privacy of the State after all they’ve done in allowing the State to violate our privacy . Can you say “hoist from their own petard” … LOL

Spy Agencies Tap Data Streaming From Phone Apps

 

 

” When a smartphone user opens Angry Birds, the popular game application, and starts slinging birds at chortling green pigs, spies could be lurking in the background to snatch data revealing the player’s location, age, sex and other personal information, according to secret British intelligence documents.”

” In their globe-spanning surveillance for terrorism suspects and other targets, the National Security Agency and its British counterpart have been trying to exploit a basic byproduct of modern telecommunications: With each new generation of mobile phone technology, ever greater amounts of personal data pour onto networks where spies can pick it up.

  According to dozens of previously undisclosed classified documents, among the most valuable of those unintended intelligence tools are so-called leaky apps that spew everything from the smartphone identification codes of users to where they have been that day.”

 

 

 

Google Earth Non-Views

 

 

” If you think you have seen it all then you are wrong, Google Earth and Google Map does not allow you to see everything. There are some places or secrets which are kept under darkness by Google Maps. Below is the list of 10 places which are not allowed to see on Google Maps. A collection which we will be sharing with you.”

 

 

 

 

” The Dugway Proving Ground in Dugway, Utah is a region occupied by the U.S. Army where the military can test biological and chemical weapon systems. The Michael Aaf building on the proving ground is whited out, most likely for security reasons.”

 

 

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Did Google Maps Capture A Grisly Murder?

 

 

 

 

 

” A pixelated image in Google Maps appears at first glance to show a man in the act of dragging a bloodied corpse down a pier and over the edge, leaving a telltale stain of red behind him.

While the coordinates of the map—posted in aReddit thread by a dumbfounded resident of the affected Netherlands area—is only a few days old, the image seems to be dated from 2009. That wouldn’t stop Dutch cops from prosecuting. (There’s no statute of limitations for murder.)

However, it seems unlikely that the image actually is a body being thrown into the water.

It wouldn’t be the first time a death caught on Google maps turned out to be a false alarm. But stranger things have happened, and it’s not as if Google Maps hasn’t had a connection to grisly murder before.

Here are four times Google Maps did have a part in solving crime (and one time it played a tragic part in it being committed).

 

1) The murder of Dennis and Merna Koula

2) The murder of Nancy Cooper

3) Google Maps brings justice to 14-year-old bike owner

4) The murder of Patricia Thompson

5) The killing of Santosh Kumari

Bonus: 5 more crimes on Google Maps

 

 

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Google’s ‘Crisis Map’ Merges Hurricane Sandy Info Into One Place

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” Google is once again being proactive when a natural disaster strikes: Its crisis map is pooling Hurricane Sandy data to inform visitors about the hurricane’s path, emergency shelters and crowdsourced YouTube videos. If you want to track where Sandy is heading in the next 48 hours, Google’s new layered map is a good place to start. It collects info from the National Hurricane Center, the American Red Cross and its own YouTube videos to let us know the latest details on this powerful storm. For instance, you can see where Sandy currently is swirling and where it will be traveling in the next two days. A button called Forecast Track overlays a path of Sandy’s projected landfall. “