The Washington Post reported that Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich has filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of illegally tracking the location of Android devices without the user’s consent. In addition, Google will still run location tracking in the background, such as the Weather App and Chrome’s Web Search, even if users manually disable location tracking for specific apps. You can turn off a wider range of system-level tracking only after the user has delved into the Android settings.
It comes after a similar controversy over Google’s location tracking of Android users. As a stopgap measure, the company has come up with a number of ways, such as simplifying the automatic deletion of location data and cracking down on third-party apps that abuse the feature without permission.
Even so, Google’s efforts to improve privacy and monitor settings are complex, confusing not only ordinary users, but also the extent to which the company knows the data sources it maintains, leading many to speculate that the giant tech giant can do whatever it wants.
Mark Brnovich wants the court to order Google to reimburse the state’s residents for profits (such as advertising) from monetizing the data. In addition, under Arizona’s anti-fraud law, Google may be fined $10,000 each.
Google did not immediately respond tomedia requests for comment, but Mark Brnovich told The Washington Post that even as the tech giant led a lot of innovation, he wanted companies that thought they could be above everything would be bound by the law.
Tech giants such as Google (and its subsidiary YouTube) are understood to be facing a series of regulatory and legal tests, such as the European Union’s antitrust and privacy laws, which have long been in place. Over the past decade, Google has received billions of dollars in fines.
Now, U.S. politicians and regulators are following suit and have begun working with the Justice Department, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and state legislatures to achieve broad coordination. The tech giants, which were previously good at drilling holes, were soon subject to more rules.