Google Maps: Don’t Track Me, Bro

Google Maps LogoGoogle has a new service called My Location. Apparently what it does is track the closest phone tower that gives your mobile phone the service provider juice it needs to make calls. Essentially this feature gives you a “You Are Here” radius and that makes it easier to track where you want to go. This is done so without tracking your number, who you are, what your favorite food is, or where you have urinated. Google Street View Maps on the other hand…

Google Maps Guy Peeing
[Picture credit: Consumerist]
But from what I hear, Google Maps is starting to take down such incriminating pictures.

Back to the subject at hand, Google My Location.

The best part of this feature is that it doesn’t require any GPS capabilities on your mobile device. On a mobile device, when the Google Maps application is loaded hit the 0 button and it should tell you where you are. I tested it from my apartment, but it didn’t work for me. I’ll try it out on the streets of Minneapolis tomorrow and will update this blog post to tell you guys whether it worked or not. I use an HTC Mogul 6800 with Sprint as my phone service provider.

Below is a video demo from Google:
Information Source:
[1] GigaOM: With Google’s My Location, Who Needs a GPS?

This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at

Google Maps: Don’t Track Me, Bro Comments

  1. gio says:

    I don’t think google or any has to pay to have your position. Your mobile has it for free, if you install the sw, the sw just collect these informations from your mobile…free.

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