Arizona sues Google over claims it illegally tracked location of Android users


Team Udayavani, May 28, 2020, 6:59 PM IST

The US state of Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google claiming that the tech giant illegally tracked the location of Android users in the state.

The complaint says Google kept location tracking running in the background for certain features, like weather and for web searches using its search engine and Chrome browser, even after the user disabled app-specific location tracking.

It also says Google for providing hard-to-find \settings and for changing the default tracking settings without informing the user or seeking explicit consent. Arizona is asking the court to force Google to pay the profits earned via the ads that monetise the data collected in the state and also seeking up to $10,000 per violation.

However, Google said, “We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data. We look forward to setting the record straight”

 

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