For as long as I can remember,
maps.google.com was the defacto domain for
Google Maps. Also for as long as I can remember, I allowed this domain to use
the location services of my browser.
Yesterday I was asked to allow the usage of location services for Google Maps
seemingly out of nowhere. Of course I accepted. After all, I just wanted to
check a route to a local business and I was in a hurry. Back home I opened
Google Maps again, and noticed that
maps.google.com now redirects to
google.com/maps. This implies that the permissions I give to Google Maps now
apply to all of Googles services hosted under this domain. So far I only
identified Google Flights to have made the same switch (
though I'm sure they're just beginning to transfer their services to the main
Congratulations, you now have permission to geo-track me across all of your services.
Smart move, Google.
This is post 043 of #100DaysToOffload.
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