Back in 2015, Google released its location service timeline feature for android and desktop users to let them know which places they have been in the past. Although Google claimed that the feature will help the users to keep track of different events they have been in, it attracted a lot of criticisms from people who claimed that the feature is an attack on the privacy. Now, the controversial feature is coming out for iOS users.
If the feature is turned on, users can learn where they have been in past and correct any incorrect information without sharing it with others.
In the official announcement in 2015, Gerard San mentioned the benefits of the service as he wrote, ‘Have you ever wanted a way to easily remember all the places you’ve been – whether it’s a museum you visited during your last vacation or that fun bar you stumbled upon a few months ago?”
“Your Timeline allows you to visualise your real-world routines, easily see the trips you’ve taken and get a glimpse of the places where you spend your time.”
While a large number of users complained the inclusion of the feature in Google Maps, the service is turned off by default and you would need to manually turn it on to receive notifications of your travelling history in a given time period. The company said, “Your Timeline is private and visible only to you; and you control the locations you choose to keep.”
“This means you can easily delete a day or your full history at any time.”
“We hope you find Your Timeline a valuable and helpful tool as you explore the world around you,”
Since then several companies have used the technology. For example, if you are using Facebook and share pictures of your travel and leisure activities, then you should know that the social networking giant is tagging the pictures with different meta information. However, given that the practice of location sharing has now become pretty commonplace, the feature doesn’t seem to bother users as much as did back in the time of its release. Google is expected to release the feature for iOS users in the coming weeks.