Arizona Sues Google Over Location Tracking
Do you typically keep the tracking feature on for your devices? It’s always nice to have the option, as well as the flexibility to be able to turn the feature on and off. While Google allows its users to turn this feature on and off in its settings, Android users ran into an issue that prompted Attorney General Mark Brnovich to sue Google on behalf of the state of Arizona.
According to the lawsuit, Android devices continued to record and keep location records in apps, such as maps, weather and search apps, even when the tracking feature was disabled. Most users weren’t aware there is a second, hard to find, setting that must be turned off in order to completely shut down the tracking feature. It was also found that the default tracking settings would change without letting users know or getting their consent. So basically, Google is still collecting your location data without you knowing it.
Brnovich believes consumers should have to opt in, as opposed to opting out, and hopes the lawsuit will give users in Arizona justice by having Google surrender any profits they have collected from this “unlawful practice.”
This is not the first time, and let’s face it, it won’t be last time that this will happen. Unfortunately, we see it all the time; user’s privacy on devices is compromised time and time again. We can only hope that one of these incidents will actually be the last one, and hopefully prevent something similar to this from happening in the future.
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