Google Maps knows everything. Not just about every street, and every cafe, bar and shop on that street, but the people who go to them. With1 billionmonthly active users, the app is embedded in people’s lives – directing them on their commute, to their friends’ and families’ homes, to doctor’s appointments and on their travels abroad.
The fact that Google Maps has the power to follow your every step doesn’t automatically mean it’s misusing that power. But they could, which is an issue in and of itself, especially sinceGoogle’sheadquarters are in the US, whereprivacy legislationis looser than in Europe and intelligence agencies have a history of surveilling private citizens (I see you,NSA).