Google Deceived Users About Location Tracking, States Allege
WASHINGTON— Alphabet Inc.’s GOOG -2.79% Google deceived consumers by recording their location even after users tried to turn off the company’s tracking on their smartphones and web browsers, according to lawsuits by Washington, D.C., and three other states.
“The attorneys general are bringing a case based on inaccurate claims and outdated assertions about our settings,” said Google spokesman José Castañeda.
“We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data.
The location data is collected by Google Search, Google Maps, YouTube and more, the complaint says, even when a user’s location isn’t needed to support the functionality of the service.
The suits related to location tracking prominently cite a 2018 Associated Press article that reported Google’s practices were inconsistent with its statements to users.
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