Google has changed its stance after an AP report about its location data collection went viral. The report accused the search giant of keeping user's location history when the setting was turned off. As it turns out, a seemingly unrelated setting called Web & App Activity also needed to be disabled. In the original report, AP remarked that Google's support page was misleading. It read: “You can turn off Location History at any time. With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.” In response, Google said it provides clear descriptions of its tools and robust controls to turn them off. Now, it's edited the help page in question, conceding that it wasn't so accurate after all. “You can turn off Location History at the account level at any time. This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device. Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps,” it reads.
Google Admits Its Collection of Location Data Was Unclear, Changes Help Page Description
Google has changed its mind about the clarity of its location settings but is yet to change descriptions in the places it really matters.