Originally Posted by trd105
Originally Posted by Dick Applebaum
I have a few honest questions for users of Google Maps on Android phones and Tablets:
- does it include ads?
- is it tracking you?
Yes but you can opt out of google's location services. This pinpoints your position using wi-fi and mobile network to determine approximate location.
- can you opt out of ads or tracking.
No ads and See above
- would you prefer a private mapping mode?
The location service doesnt bother me, but I would try if an app came out and looked better than Google Maps.
- is none of this a problem?
To me I dont find it a problem. No ads so that's good.
An honest question for you, since I have never used an iPhone or iPad but am interested in apple's new products, does Apple's mapping service track you? And can you opt out of that?
I don't think it tracks you as an individual or a device. Apple has publicly stated that they do not furnish anything but aggregate user data to anyone -- they might provide something like: 300 users searched for directions to Taddish's Grill in SF... Not Bill Jones iPhone #123456 asked for directions from... to... on Sept 20 @ 12.23 PM.
Apple does supply two Apps that trace a device/person:
1) Find My Phone: You have to know the device ID, own the iPhone or iPad and enable it to be traced (on the device itself). The tracking must be refreshed every 10 minutes, or so,
2) Find Friends: You email friends and they can opt in to be tracked by you for a given period of time -- you get their locations on a map and notifications when they move. You never see their device ID and they can stop being tracked at any time.
Apple has its own advertising, iAD. One of the contention points between Apple and Advertisers is that Apple will not supply them with granular information (like Google does) so they can track you as an individual.
Apple has the same contention with selling content (apps, Books, Music, Movies, TV, etc.). Apple furnishes aggregate info -- the providers want granular info.
If I buy something from Apple, no one but Apple knows that I was the buyer and what I bought.
I have been dealing with Apple for 34 years -- and I have always found them to be fair and ethical... difficult, but fair and ethical.
OTH, Google has been shown doing and saying things that tell me they have no concern for my privacy.