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https://support.google.com/waze/answer/12359231

In an odd maneuver, Waze seems to be taking private profile info which was not publicly available, and making it publicly available *unless* you take action, coinciding with the introduction-expansion of their CarPool chat feature.

I'm certain lots of drivers have no intention of broadcasting their true identity while in transit.

Seems like a very odd personal security oversight from a Google-owned company - surprised there has not been greater uproar.

The "Review Profile" link on desktop just goes to a link to download the App. Not sure what it does on mobile.


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Under"privacy," you can turn on "go invisible" and turn off chat in "social networks." Not sure if that addresses everything.
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But if you go invisible you wont be able to send reports on traffic/etc.
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Road rage just got interesting. 🤣
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People use their full name?
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If true, I think this is part of Google's way to get people off of Waze so they can nuke the product.
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In the App click the Cog wheel to go into settings. Scroll down to the "Account and login" section. Click that. Edit your first/last name there. You can put whatever you want. Initials. A fake name. Fake initials. etc.
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In the App click the Cog wheel to go into settings. Scroll down to the "Account and login" section. Click that. Edit your first/last name there. You can put whatever you want. Initials. A fake name. Fake initials. etc.
So I had to look, apparently my name is "Tap to add"
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What could possibly go wrong with this? /s
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So I had to look, apparently my name is "Tap to add"
Same here. But now my waze name is Nunya Biznus.
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I stopped using Waze many years ago when they kept on tracking you after you quit the app...
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WHO puts their real name in there EVER? Being dumb can have consequences.. LOLLLLLLL
Some log in with their Google account so it is put in by default. When Google has your proper info for billing (monthly Nest fee, YouTube TV) its across platform.
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If true, I think this is part of Google's way to get people off of Waze so they can nuke the product.

You mean just like Nest?


Buy and nuke!
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