Google Maps Timeline Data to be Stored Locally on Your Device for Privacy | Cybersecurity

Jun 06, 2024. Newsroom Data Encryption / Privacy.

Google has announced plans to store Maps Timeline data locally on users’ devices instead of their Google account effective December 1, 2024.

The changes were originally announced by the tech giant in December 2023, alongside changes to the auto-delete control when enabling Location History by setting it to three months by default, down from the previous limit of 18 months.

Google Maps Timeline, as the name implies, helps users track routes, trips, and places they have been to over time, assuming Location History and Web & App Activity settings are enabled.

But with the latest change to host the data on users’ devices, the company has also said that it’s removing the ability to view them on the web.

“Since the data shown on your Timeline comes directly from your device, Timeline won’t be available on Maps on your computer after your data is moved to your phone,” Google noted in a support document.

The updates, it added, are…


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