What you need to know
- Google has been sued by Arizona over its location-tracking practices.
- The state accuses Google of tracking Android users even when they manually disabled location services and using that data to serve ads.
- The company claimed that the claims were a mischaracterization.
Google has been sued by the state of Arizona due to its allegedly illegal tracking of Android users' locations. The company was accused of keeping tabs of users, even those who had turned off location tracking features manually.
The Washington Post reported:
In a statement to The Verge, Google contested the allegations, claiming:
Google has been sued for various privacy and competitive violations over the past year, with results varying for the tech firm. It triumphed against censorship accusations but lost to child-safety claims. These new allegations about location tracking, while Google claims they "mischaracterize" their services, are something that the company has been criticized for. Whether it is lawsuit worthy is one thing, whether Google should do something about it on a moral basis is another matter entirely.
- Understanding Google's Android location tracking
- Google still tracks your location even when you turn off Location History
- How to change your location settings in Android
If Google would stick to their original mission statement this wouldn't be happening. Right or wrong in this case, doesn't matter. Google needs to stop doing evil things.
If this were Apple, people would just look the other way.
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