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Google Continues To Share Location, Despite Turning Off Location Sharing Option

January 28, 2022

Despite users' requests to turn off location sharing, tech giant Google has been accused of disclosing users' locations.

Four attorneys general from three US states, led by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A Racine (D), have launched a new lawsuit against Google.

According to the lawsuit, Google has misled users about how their location is recorded and used by the firm, as well as consumers' power to protect their privacy by opting out of the tracking.

According to the lawsuit, Google misleads users into believing that they have complete control over what portion of data is collected by the tech giant and how it is used.

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Users of Google products, on the other hand, have discovered that they cannot prevent Google from collecting, storing, and profiting from their location.

The lawsuit further states that when users use Google products, the company collects personal data, including location data.

The company does so to expand its domain and this collected data is then used to target advertisements to specific consumers.

"Google falsely led consumers to believe that changing their account and device settings would allow customers to protect their privacy and control what personal data the company could access. The truth is that contrary to Google’s representations, it continues to systematically surveil customers and profit from customer data," India Today reported quoting DC Attorney General Karl Racine's statement.

The California-based tech giant company has also been accused of having a vested financial interest in "hiding the nature of its location data collection activities and making it harder for consumers to opt-out of being monitored."

Google's spokesperson, however, has denied the claims made in the lawsuit.

"The attorneys general are bringing a case based on inaccurate claims and outdated assertions about our settings. We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data," further reported India Today stating's Google's policy spokesperson José Castañeda's statement given to The Verge.

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