Your phone has a hidden map that shows where you’ve been and the photos you’ve taken there » TwistedSifter
There’s no doubt about it, we live in a world where companies have a LOT of information about us, whether we like it or not. And sometimes data is collected about us that we don’t even know about.
An example is Google Photos, which many people use to take snapshots and create memories. But what a lot of people don’t realize is that there’s a location feature within the app that shows exactly where every photo on your phone was taken.
If you open your Google Photos app and click “Search” and “Places”, you’ll find a map of all the places you’ve taken photos.
If you’re signed in to your Google Account, your Google Maps app will also provide you with this information. You can select ‘Your Timeline’, then choose between ‘Day’ to sort by date or ‘Places’ and you’ll see maps of the types of businesses you’ve visited.
If you are not comfortable with tracking this information, you can always opt out of this feature. To do this, in the Google Maps application, you can click on “Manage Location History” when you are in “Timeline”. You can then deactivate it.
In the Google Photos app, you can disable this option by going to “Settings”, then “Sharing”, and you can enable “Hide location data from photos”.