I write a lot of words about location tracking and how it fits into our lives. Sometimes it can be a useful tool, but most of my words are about how bad it is and why tools that try to manage it are so important. Most times, someone asks me why it matters if an app knows where they are when they are using it.
I get it. For a lot of us, it’s nice that we can see what’s on clearance at Target if we have the app installed and then use it to find the closest location. Or Dick’s Sporting Goods, or PetSmart or whatever store. It also can be nice for an app like Strava to map your rides or for Google Maps to show you where you have been. But like most things, if you give an inch, the app takes a mile.
Link: This is why location tracking is an absolute privacy nightmare