Hidden cell phone feature tracks your every move, likened to “Pandora’s Box” for law enforcement

Your phone isn’t your brother’s keeper, it’s yours…

From Q13 Fox:

There’s a hidden feature on your cell phone tracking your every move. Software on Apple and Android devices keeps a record of your daily routine.

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It’s called “frequent locations,” which is stored deep in a maze of privacy settings. It tracks time, dates and how long you stay somewhere. It even knows where you live and work, based on your time and trips there.

“That’s pretty scary I would never know a phone would have that much access,” iPhone user Allie Salgado told PIX 11.

Patrick J. Brosnan is a security expert and retired NYPD detective. He likened it to a Pandora’s Box for law enforcement.

“It’s both a homing device and it’s a confession,” Brosnan explained.

It’s a tool investigators would love to keep secret from criminals.

More at the video below:

According to the article and video above, here’s how you can turn off this pocket sized big brother:

1. Click “Settings”
2. Go to “Privacy”
3. Select “Location Services”
4. Scroll down to “System Services”
5. Choose “Frequent Locations” to see the logged record of where you’ve been — de-select this to turn the feature off

Open the App Drawer and go to Settings.
Scroll down and tap Location.
Scroll down and tap Google Location Settings.
Tap Location Reporting and Location History, and switch the slider to off for each one.
To delete your phone’s location cache, tap “Delete Location History” at the bottom of the screen under Location History.
Repeat this process for each Google Account you have on your Android device.

h/t Q13 Fox

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