I mentioned in a recent article the “Frequent Locations” feature in iPhones and iPads. Whatever you think about being tracked in this way, I cannot say that it is very accurate, at least as shown on my iPad (it was switched off, I found, on my iPhone). Accurate or not, it is something to be aware of, whether for your own purposes or for fulfilling eDiscovery responsibilities.
Google Maps, meanwhile, keeps a much more comprehensive record of your travels, if you let it. I do (I wrote about this once before), and the article about Frequent Locations sent me to see what had been captured about my somewhat excessive travels in October, with Chicago, Nashville, Dallas and New Orleans in the US, Brussels, Lille, Ypres and Bruges in Belgium and France, and Cornwall, London and Oxford in the UK. It makes me tired just to look at it.
You don’t know how to find this information? It turns out that I didn’t either, in the sense that I could not describe it when asked, however often I have seen it. The easiest way is to make a Google search while logged into Google. You see the group of icons shown at right (I am using a desktop computer for these examples).
Take the wheel for options, then History. That takes you to your Web Activity list, that record which betrays would-be poisoners, anarchists and admirers of the female form. You can delete that list, by the way, but don’t bank on that as protection from an investigator armed with EnCase or FTK.
At top left is an Options link. There, among other things, is your Youtube Watch History and Location History. In the latter, you can pick a date range or fine-tune the results to a particular time-and-place combination. Continue reading