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White Bear
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re: Google's ability to track you
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That’s what you think. Ping.
I know it’s being tracked, the ads don’t show up though.


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Chef Free Gold Bloom
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Member since Dec 2019
193 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
If you have google maps on your phone and want to freak out go look up past trips. It has tracked and catalogued everything you’ve done for a decade


Koach K
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Member since Nov 2016
1567 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
Even if they are recording everything, the data is worthless if you ask me. Wow, he went to a store that sells consumer grade and are a crappy processed Applebee’s meal.

Maybe google should stick to indexing stuff people are looking for in the internet instead of yielding searches these days they don’t seem to amount to crap other than where the nearest Macdonald’s is.


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EA6B
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TX
Member since Dec 2012
9807 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
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How?



Airplane altimeters use barometric pressure to determine the altitude of the plane, the higher the plane the lower the air pressure. Likewise if google knows the barometric pressure of your location they know your altitude, and from that can extrapolate what floor of a building you are on by using a typical floor separation of 12-15 feet vertical for each floor. Also highly likely they have the actual physical characteristics of the building you are in based on you location, and can get very accurate vertical location information using your altitude.
This post was edited on 2/13 at 8:11 pm


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YNWA
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Member since Nov 2015
3484 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
Track away. I've got nothing to hide


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OweO
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Member since Sep 2009
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re: Google's ability to track you
This is why you always have a few burners on hand. Sometimes its best to leave phone at home.


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prplhze2000
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Member since Jan 2007
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re: Google's ability to track you
I keep location off.

BlackBerry has an app called dtek. Tells me what each app is doing. Amazing how many were singing my location til I turned them off.


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go_tigres
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Member since Sep 2013
2753 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
I google searched “green board Home Depot” on my work iPad this morning. I had ads for green board from Home Depot on my personal cell and laptop and my work cell for the rest of the day. That’s creepy shite.


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6R12
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Member since Feb 2005
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re: Google's ability to track you
To me this is no worse that that stupid FLA man taking upskirt pics in Chipotle. It's very invasive and I hate it.


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TouchedTheAxeIn82
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Cal Fan actually (cool UAB dragon!)
Member since Nov 2012
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re: Google's ability to track you
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his phone measured the atmosphere?

Using a sensor app, I determined that my Pixel 2 has a Bosch BMP280 pressure sensor.

https://www.bosch-sensortec.com/products/environmental-sensors/pressure-sensors/pressure-sensors-bmp280-1.html

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The BMP280 is an absolute barometric pressure sensor especially designed for mobile applications.

Applications
- Enhancement of GPS navigation (e.g. time-to first-fix improvement, dead-reckoning, slope detection)
- Indoor navigation (floor detection, elevator detection)
- Outdoor navigation, leisure, and sports applications
- Weather forecasts
- Health care applications (e.g. spirometry)
- Vertical velocity indication (e.g. rise/sink speed)



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Mr Breeze
LSU Fan
The Lunatic Fringe
Member since Dec 2010
3914 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
Fundamentally, it's a question of who owns our data either Google, FB etc or us.

The bargain of "free services" has backfired in a way few ever would have predicted 20 years ago.

But some did and here we are.

Google and FB say that the bargain works and if they're constrained in invading our privacy the web as we know it fails to work.

I'm ok with that let them fail.


Poohbear8487
LSU Fan
Nashville
Member since May 2015
27 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
It potentially could get worse moving forward as well with the passing of GDPR and now CCPA. If Google removes third-party cookies then marketing may rely on location data to make up for the loss of cookie tracking. Location-based tracking and geofencing work great but right now it’s extremely easy to know when you came to a website, from what location and IP address (if you aren’t at your office), what company IP address, what pages you looked at and for how long. On top of that, can also record your entire visit to the website and watch it to figure out your patterns and engagement. Also, can use all that information to know what Ads to show you and where to show them. That’s just a few things you can do right now with marketing software, it’s pretty crazy.


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supadave3
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Member since Dec 2005
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re: Google's ability to track you
"The Creepy Line" by Dr. Robert Epstein (not THAT Epstein) has a short movie on how Google and Apple track data but specifically how useful and how it IS USED to move the needle in elections.

It wasn't fully employed in 2016 because no one that Trump had a chance but it'll be in full force in 2020.


supadave3
LSU Fan
Baton Rouge
Member since Dec 2005
21506 posts
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re: Google's ability to track you
Barometric pressure! I’ve often wondered how our phones knew the flights of stairs we walked but figured it was too stupid to ask. I just figured a gyroscope or some shot was used.

I hate that I doubt myself that way..


TigerGman
LSU Fan
Center of the Universe
Member since Sep 2006
8588 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
This is what you get for using free shite like Android


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Tigris
Montana Fan
Fernando Poo
Member since Jul 2005
10098 posts

re: Google's ability to track you
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Barometric pressure!


Yep - Accurate Altimeter is an app I use at times. It shows your elevation based on three things:

1) GPS signal - satellite triangulation on your phone.
2) Location - this is the elevation of the ground based on maps of your location.
3) Pressure sensor - the higher the elevation the lower the pressure.

It's really not accurate enough to say exactly what floor you are on. My readings now -

1) 138 ft
2) 27 ft
3) 95 ft

None are very good. Where I'm at the ground is 8 feet above sea level - so 2) is off. And I'm actually 25 feet above sea level since I'm in an elevated house, so the pressure sensor is off by 70 feet.
And the satellite triangulation is off by more than 100 feet.


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