San Francisco, Oct 6: Google is paying $85 million to the US state of Arizona to settle claims that the tech giant illegally tracked the location of Android users.
One of the largest settlements paid by Google (per capita) in a consumer fraud case, The Verge reported.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Bronovich sued Google in May 2020, claiming that Android smartphones and apps have “dark patterns” built into the software.
According to the lawsuit, Google continued location tracking in the background to collect ad data even after users turned off location sharing.
A company spokesperson said the lawsuit is based on outdated product policies that have been updated for a long time.
“We provide straightforward controls and automatic deletion options for location data and are always working to minimize the amount of data we collect. We are pleased to have resolved this issue,” said a company spokesperson.
Earlier this year, three states’ attorneys general and the District of Columbia sued the tech giant, alleging that Google “unwittingly or” discouraged Android users from sharing more information with “repeated nudging, misleading pressure tactics, and evasive and deceptive descriptions.” from”
The lawsuit is based on a 2020 complaint filed by the Arizona Attorney General regarding the collection of location data.
Google said all smartphones use location data – integral to how it works.
“From our point of view, location makes Google products better for you — it helps you navigate around traffic jams, helps you find your phone when it’s misplaced, and lets you find a pizza place near you instead of suggesting a different one. in the state,” the company said.
Two years ago, Google updated its data retention practices.
Google said it will continue to focus on providing simple, easy-to-understand privacy settings for its users and “will not be distracted from this work by meritless lawsuits that mislead our efforts”.