Arizona Sues Google for ‘Deceptive’ Location Tracking on Android Devices

Arizona Sues Google for 'Deceptive' Location Tracking on Android Devices
The US state of Arizona sued Google on Wednesday for allegedly accumulating location data from Android customers even when that they had turned off location monitoring. According to Arizona Attorney General, Mark Brnovich, the corporate mislead customers into believing that  turning off location monitoring was sufficient to guard themselves from being tracked, whereas in actuality, it “(continued) to find misleading ways to obtain information and use it for profit”. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages for Arizona residents, however in accordance with the AG, the corporate could also be fined as much as $10,000 per violation in accordance with Arizona anti-fraud legal guidelines.

While Brnovich argues that Google’s misleading practices violates Arizona’s consumer-protection legal guidelines, the corporate itself defended its actions. Jose Castaneda, a spokesman for Google, launched a press release, claiming that the state and its attorneys “appear to have mischaracterized our services”. According to him: “We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data. We look forward to setting the record straight”.

According to The Washington Post, the probe dates again to 2018, when an investigation by the Associated Press into the situation monitoring performance on Android supposedly revealed that Android units recorded and saved location data for sure apps, together with mapping and climate, even when monitoring was explicitly turned off. The lawsuit additional alleges that the persistent location monitoring was additionally evident in searches, even for customers who disabled the operate. Brnovich additionally claims that Android units generally routinely modified the default monitoring settings with out searching for consumer consent and even informing them.

The report about Arizona’s investigation into Google’s allegedly sneaky location-tracking conduct comes only a day after the studies instructed that the Competition Commission of India (CCI) has launched an investigation into whether or not the corporate is abusing Android’s dominant market place within the nation to stifle competitors and unfairly promote its UPI funds app, Google Pay.

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