There's a little-known feature built into your iPhone that keeps a history of every location you've been — and how many times you've been there.
This "Significant Locations" list can be found in your settings, but it's rather hard to find, whether that's purposeful or not.
Apple tracks, and stores, every place you've been, and how often (and when) you visit each place. But it gets even more detailed than that: Your iPhone compiles locations small enough to a single address, tracks the time you get to leave each location, and even how long it took to get to each location and by which mode of transportation.
According to Apple, the list is kept "to learn places that are significant to you." And Apple isn't alone in keeping track of this amount of location data — Google does it too, through a Location History list found in your Google account.
"This data is encrypted and stored only on your device and will not be shared without your consent," Apple says on its website. "It is used to provide you with personalized services, such as predictive traffic routing, and to build better Photos Memories."
But if you no longer want Significant Locations turned on, here's how to turn off and delete the history from your iPhone:
Leaving Web and App Activity enabled while turning Location History off only prevents additions to the Google Maps timeline, and does not stop data collection.Google's help center update is not likely to appease users who have scrutinized the search giant and other tech companies for their user privacy policies.