Google tracks user location — even after they opt out

The AP:

Even with Location History paused, some Google apps automatically store time-stamped location data without asking.

For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app.

This isn’t at all surprising. Google’s business consists of monetizing data provided to it by its users — if you’re not comfortable with that, the only real fix is to stop using Google’s services altogether.