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Google Tracks Smartphone Users’ Location, Even if User Tells Google Don’t Do It, States Lawsuit

by | Aug 21, 2018

Google was hit with a new privacy lawsuit over a report that the company tracks smartphone users’ locations — even if they tell the company not to do so, reports Digital News Daily, which added: ““Google expressly represented to users of its operating system and apps that the activation of certain settings will prevent the tracking of users’ geolocations. This representation was false,” San Diego resident Napoleon Patacsil alleges in a class-action complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. “Despite users’ attempts to protect their location privacy, Google collects and stores users’ location data, thereby invading users’ reasonable expectations of privacy, counter to Google’s own representations about how users can configure Google’s products to prevent such egregious privacy violations.”

“Patacsil’s complaint, which accuses Google of violating California privacy laws, comes several days after The Associated Press reported that the company stores location data gleaned from some services — including search and maps — even when people turn off the “Location History” setting. People who want to prevent Google from storing any location data must turn off a separate setting — “Web and App Activity.”

“Late last week, Google revised a help page to inform people that turning off Location History doesn’t affect other location services, and that some location data may still be saved. But until Thursday the page read: “With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.””

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