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How To Limit Google

Google created this map of my trip Friday morning from home to office by tracking my movements, all without my asking for this. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

Google created this map of my trip Friday morning from home to office by tracking my movements, all without my asking for this. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer)

The way to further limit what Google keeps and learns takes far more than simply turning off the "location history'' and "location sharing'' buttons on the phone.

Go into the phone's settings leads to an option labeled Google. Ignore the option under services for "location'' and instead click on "Google Account.''

One option is "Review your privacy settings. That, in turn, leads to a second page which leads to a third where one option is "Web & App Activity.''

That leads to another page explaining how this "helps Google give you more personalized experiences across Google services,'' like getting "more relevant search results, helpful app and content recommendations.''

Then you have to click on "Change Setting.''

If you try to pause web & app activity, there is a warning that it "may limit or disable more personalized experiences across Google services,'' like not seeing "recommendations about places you care about.''

"Even when this setting is paused, Google may temporarily use information from recent searches in order to improve the qualityy of the active search session,'' it warns.

And it notes that pausing this does not delete past data, which requires another step.

There are separate steps to pause a specific "location history'' tracking, which Google warns is different from "location services.'' And it takes another step to delete past data, maps of where you have been.

And it takes a separate step to stop sharing "device information'' with Google.