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Google's now being sued for its misleading Location History description

How to share your location in Google Maps
How to share your location in Google Maps (Image credit: Harish Jonnalagadda / Android Central)

A little over a week ago, a report came out targeting Google for misleading wording for its Location History feature. The company's support site previously noted that "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored", but even so, various Google apps/services still had permission to track your whereabouts.

The company later updated its wording to indicate that users also need to disable Web and Activity Data in order to block other Google apps from tracking their location, but that hasn't stopped one San Francisco resident from suing Google.

The man behind the lawsuit is Napoleon Patacsil, and with this suit, he's claiming that Google's violating both California's Invasion of Privacy Act and the general right to privacy that exists in the state.

Patascsil's lawsuit includes classes for Android and iPhone users alike, meaning that should this go through, it has the potential to impact millions of people all across the United States.

Google's yet to publically respond to this lawsuit, but seeing as how the company previously had a response to defend itself when this news first came up, don't be surprised if this fizzles out into nothing.

Whatever happens, we'll be sure to keep you in the loop.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

  • Smh.. Google, wtf are you doing?
  • I haven't thought of turning off the location history ever since I started using an android phone. I just love Google maps & the way it uses my location history to provide insights.
  • Of course California
  • Everyone jumping on the let's sue Google bandwagon. I hate it because this might force Google to change things and break some functionality. I personally do not care about the Location History. You would think for something like this why not go after the Cell providers? They know where you are all of the time, as long as you have your phone with you.