Why should I delete my data from GPS and navigation apps like Google Maps and Uber?
Without GPS help or Siri telling you when to turn right, getting around can be tricky. While navigation apps prove to be very useful when venturing out of your comfort postcode, they also collect a lot of your personal data. What's more is that they share this information with advertisers and other third parties to target you more effectively.
Data gathered by GPS and navigation apps includes voice information, travel routes and identity documents.
Personal data that is usually stored by GPS and navigation apps:
- Name, gender, occupation
- Email and phone number
- Login name and password
- Geolocation and destinations
- Health and fitness levels
- Boundaries of the map area
- Mode of transport
- Profile picture
- User activities (terms searched for, videos watched, voice information, purchase activity, activity on third party sites)
- Payment and banking information
- Emergency contact information
- Device information and operating system
- Browsing history
- IP address
- System activity and referrer URL
As a driver, they collect:
- Driver’s license and insurance information
- Business information (company profiles, social profiles, websites, company name and address)
The quickest way to delete your data is by sending a deletion request through Rightly.
A deletion request is a written request that you send to a company asking for them to remove your personal information from their records. It's your right to decide what happens to your data under GDPR law.
How do I remove my personal data from apps like Citymapper, Bolt and Apple Maps?
The quickest way to delete any sensitive information is by sending a deletion request through Rightly.
- Get started above to select the GPS or navigation apps you use or have used in the past
- Enter your basic details for identification purposes
- Send your request
If you can't find an app, please contact our customer support team and we’ll add it for you.
How long until they respond to my request?
Once the apps have received your request, they'll have 30 days to respond, or give a valid reason as to why they need an extension. If this happens, our support team can help speed up the process!
What if I’m not sure if they have my data?
You can still ask them. If they don’t have it, they have to let you know.
What if I’ve said they can use it in the past?
If you agreed to an organisation using your data but you’ve changed your mind, don’t worry! You can still ask them to delete your data.
What if they don't reply?
Don't worry, they have to follow your wishes thanks to your ‘right to erasure’ under GDPR law. GDPR applies in the UK and EU.
We’re free because our mission is to make data fairer, for everyone.
We don't use consumer data for commercial purposes, which means we'll never, ever sell your data. It also means that there are no adverts or hidden costs.