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Google Brings Incognito Mode to Google Maps App for iOS

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Google today announced that it is extending Incognito mode to Google Maps on iOS devices, allowing users to look for directions privately without that information being saved to a Google Account.

Google introduced Incognito mode for Android devices earlier this year as part of a 2019 focus on making it easier to control, manage, and delete Location History information.


When you make a search in Google Maps while logged in to your Google Account, the places that you search for are saved to power features like restaurant recommendations and are added to your Location History.

When searching for a location in Google Maps in Incognito mode, the iPhone will not update Location History so places visited will not be saved to the Timeline, nor will personalization features in Maps be available.

Google Maps is also gaining a new bulk delete option for the Timeline, which uses Location History to help users remember the places and routes they've visited. With the bulk delete option, it's easier to find and delete multiple places from Timeline and Location History all at once.

Article Link: Google Brings Incognito Mode to Google Maps App for iOS
 

producer26

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I would prefer a "send incognito location to Facebook" mode. It would suit better
 
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Mike MA

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Surely there will be several backdoors available to still feed most of Goggle’s analytical services.
 
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Solomani

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Google cannot be trusted. They only claim that you can use an incognito mode. But I'm going to bet they are lying, still lifting your data when using that map app.

Facebook just as bad. They've said over 3 years ago that they'd go 100% transparent. But they still got caught stealing personal privacy data from customers.

Frankly, it's stupid for Google to let you use their FREE maps app using incognito mode…. because there is NOTHING in it for them. No revenue. No profit. No way to steal and profit and benefit from your personal data.
 
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C DM

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Lol.
Still you gotta wonder why does a map application have to have an incognito mode in the first place? Well we all know why .... and after 12yrs bro on the iOS platform should we just trust this move? Naow
Similar reasons that after some time browsers started to offer incognito/private mode.
 
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fredrik9

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Google cannot be trusted. They only claim that you can use an incognito mode. But I'm going to bet they are lying, still lifting your data when using that map app.

Facebook just as bad. They've said over 3 years ago that they'd go 100% transparent. But they still got caught stealing personal privacy data from customers.

Frankly, it's stupid for Google to let you use their FREE maps app using incognito mode…. because there is NOTHING in it for them. No revenue. No profit. No way to steal and profit and benefit from your personal data.

They won't save the data to your Google account but surely there'll be some log on their server that someone navigated from point A to point B. This data might not be used for advertising purposes but probably for improving maps. As you say, there's nothing in it for them. That leads me to believe that there has to be something.
 
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