Google Illegally Used Dark Patterns to Trick Users Into Handing Over Location Data, State AGs Say
Altogether, these practices may amount to violations of D.C.’s Consumer Protection Procedures Act, and Texas’ Deceptive Trade Practices Consumer Protection Act the lawsuits allege.
Washington State and Indiana are expected to file similar suits later today according to D.C. attorney general Karl A. Racine.
“Google leads consumers to believe that consumers are in control of whether Google collects and retains information about their location and how that information is used,” the D.C. suit reads.
Monday’s lawsuit drew inspiration from a 2018 Associated Press article that determined Google services were storing users’ location data even if those users had turned on privacy settings preventing the company from doing so.
The D.C. office launched an investigation not long after that article into Google location tracking practices.
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