Your Google location data is anonymous, deleted after a week
Google clarified on Tuesday that any location-based data it collects via Android is anonymous and the majority of that information is deleted after a week.
“The location information sent to Google servers when users opt in to location services on Android is anonymized and stored in the aggregate and is not tied or traceable to a specific user,” Alan Davidson, director of public policy at Google, said in prepared remarks for the Senate Judiciary Committee – as reported by PCMag. “The collected information is stored with a hashed version of an anonymous token, which is deleted after approximately one week.”
Data related to nearby Wi-Fi access points and cell phone towers is stored on Android devices, but that is mainly for quicker network access the next time even when the server is not available.
Google was scheduled to appear before the new Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law to discuss location-based data collected by smartphones to confirm that no user data is compromised.