Surveillance Creep: New Google Timeline App Tracks Everywhere You Go
by Oli Smith
The internet giant has revealed its Timeline feature that shows users all the places they’ve been to on any given day in the past.
Timeline allows people to retrace their steps and even see the pictures they took on the particular day out.
The application also works out the most popular places you visit and aims to keep track of particular restaurants and bars
But, the controversial service has come under fire for being “terrifyingly cool but terrifyingly scary”.
Many users felt uncomfortable at the thought that Google is stalking their every step.
Some are “creeped out” after realizing just how much information Google held about them.
Richard Angel (@richangel) said: “Little bit scary to see that Google knows everywhere I’ve been”
‘Eeyore’ (@eeyore94) had words of warning for those avoiding people or skipping work: “If you decide to bump someone off don’t tweet afterwards – Google knows EVERYWHERE you’ve been”.
Many users did not realize just how much data Google was collecting
Logical Campaign (@LogicalCampaign) tweeted the widely held sentiment that the new tool was “both convenient and creepy”.
Google has defended the opt-in Timeline service. It insists the feature is private and visible only to the user and that history can be deleted at any given time.
Google says it will help people remember where they went on their nights out or even simply their favourite running routes.
Google’s Product Manager Gerard Sanz said: “Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been – whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago?
“Your Timeline allows you to visualize your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time.”