The US state of Arizona filed a lawsuit on Wednesday accusing Google of committing fraud by being misleading about tracking and collecting location data.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the lawsuit was the result of an investigation launched two years ago after a media report that Google had ways to find out where users were, even if they chose not to share information from location with internet signature.
“While Google users are led to believe that they can choose not to follow location tracking, the company exploits other avenues to invade personal privacy,” Brnovich said in a statement.
“It is almost impossible to prevent Google from tracking your movements without your knowledge or consent.”
The location-tracking lawsuit accuses Google of violating the Arizona fraud law and asks the company to turn over the money it got from its activities in that state.
“The attorney general and the contingency fee attorneys filing this lawsuit appear to have mischaracterized our services,” Google spokesman José Castaneda said in response to an AFP query.
“We have always incorporated privacy features into our products and have provided robust controls for location data.”
He added that Google hopes to “set the record straight.”
While Google offers users the option to refuse to share location information while using their services or smartphones with Android software made by Google, it can deduce from the app or online activity where users should target ads, argued the demand.
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