Google’s Sensorvault Is A Boon 4 Law Enforcement. this Is how It Works. – The new York times #Location_HistoryApril 15, 2019
The Sensorvault database is connected to a Google service called Location History .
Google prompts users to enable it when they are setting up certain services — traffic alerts in Google Maps, for example, or group images tied to location in Google Photos.
If you have Location History turned on, Google will collect your data as long as you are signed in to your account and have location-enabled Google apps on your phone.
The company can collect the data even when you are not using your apps, if your phone settings allow that.
Read The Times’s investigation.
The Associated Press reported last year that this data, called Web & App Activity, is collected even if you do not have Location History turned on.
To see some of the information in your Location History, you can look at your timeline .
Your Location History data will appear in computer code.
For years, police detectives have given Google warrants seeking location data tied to specific users’ accounts.
Google looks in Sensorvault for any devices that were there at the right time and provides that information to the police.