Attorney generals in several US states, including Texas, Indiana and Washington DC, have sued internet giant Google over alleged fraudulent use of users’ location data. Google used that data to target more targeted ads.
Prosecutors say unauthorized data collection took place between 2014 and 2019 on smartphones running on Google’s Android operating system and other applications and Internet services of the Internet giant. In addition, Google constantly monitors the location of users’ smartphones through separate “Internet and Utility Activity” account settings, even if that feature is disabled.
“In fact, consumers who use Google products have no choice but to allow the Company to collect, store and use their location, regardless of the settings they choose,” the Washington DC lawsuit said.
In addition, lawyers denounce Google for using conflicting and confusing systems, making it very difficult for consumers to block data sharing.