On Google Maps, you will have to share data to get access

Without access to your location, Google will not be able to provide live information.

| Updated on: Aug 21 2022, 20:02 IST
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Google Maps live navigation instructions and traffic information is available if live location is turned on. (REUTERS)
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Google Maps live navigation instructions and traffic information is available if live location is turned on. (REUTERS)

Google Maps has started asking users to share their location data. The reason given by Google is to help the company improve its services and provide important features that users rely on a day to day basis. They can use these features if they allow the company to collect their location data, according to a new report. "Notably however if you do not consent by pressing Start your navigation is limited to a static list of directions, similar to mapping apps in 2001," MSPowerUser says. According to Google itself, "All navigation apps can offer turn-by-turn navigation, only if the user shares location. That has always been the case, and that's how all navigation apps work."

Google Maps navigation app offers a few very important features that allow drivers to check real-time traffic conditions and look ahead for congestion on their planned routes. These features require users to share their location data in real-time with the company. Now, Google Maps has begun prompting users to opt-in to sharing the data with the company, 9to5Google reports. This crowdsourced data will be used to improve Google Maps app, according to the message that the company is displaying to users on the app. In fact, "One of the things that makes these features possible is crowdsourced information",  Google says.

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Google Maps message to users: Users have begun seeing a pop-up message on the Google Maps app that is titled “How navigation data makes Maps better” where Google explains that the data from users is used to improve the navigation service. It also explains that Google records both the route that users take as well as your GPS location. “This data may be used to make information, including real-time traffic conditions and disruptions, visible to others and help them find the fastest route,” the message states.

The Google Way: Google regularly collects data from the device including GPS, barometer and other sensor information to help improve its navigation systems. Interestingly, Google also informs users that the data collected won't be associated with your device or your Google account, but doesn't specify how the data will be anonymous.

What Google Maps action means for users: According to the report, refusing to consent to sharing your data with Google will result in your navigation experience being affected.

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First Published Date: 31 Aug, 13:38 IST
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