The collection of location data in spite of the disabled location history was possiblehave a legal follow-up. Last Friday, a lawsuit was filed with Google in a court in San Francisco, claiming that the company had misrepresented what it did to close the site. The prosecutors also requested approval of the action as a class action.
"Google explicitly stated to users of its operating system and applications that enable certain settings, prevents tracking of user geolocation, and the presentation was wrong," Ars Technica quoted from the complaint.
The claimant, Napoleon Patacsil, claims that despite that users explicitly refuse to collect location data, Google has retained its exact whereabouts. Google violates the Invasion of Privacy Act of California.
Moreover, the claimant claims that the actual user tracking function found in web and app activity is the opposite of intuitive. "Google hides the fact that hiring web and app activity has a link to the location – in fact, this setting is separate from location history, so a reasonable user thinks both points are unrelated."
Also the new wording of Google, according to which "if some location data can be stored as part of your activities on other services such as search and maps" when the location process is disabled, Patacsil considers insufficient. It was "vague, ambiguous and misleading". Google again does not explain what the user has achieved with the change in attitude.
Google also has problems with the FTC
Whether the lawsuit is allowed as a class action remains to be seen. In that case, however, millions of users could join the process, not just as a rental powerDevices, but also affect iPhones and iPads.
Google has even more problems with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Meanwhile, in a letter to the FTC, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) accuses the internet company of violating the agency's conditions in 2011. Due to privacy violations related to its former social network Google Buzz, Google had committed to consumers. mislead.
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