On May 27, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against Google, accusing the company of illegally collecting location data via Android phones.
According to the lawsuit, Google violates privacy by collecting users’ whereabouts without permission, even if they turn off GPS. Many software on Android devices, such as maps, weather applications, search still record and save location records even if GPS is not enabled. To turn it off completely, users must go into deep settings.
“Google has set up its mobile software in its own way to collect data for advertising purposes, and to deceive device owners over measures to protect their personal information. violating Arizona’s consumer protection laws, “said Brnovich. “When users try to refuse being crawled, Google continues to find misleading ways to get information and use it to make a profit.”
Brnovich did not mention a claim from Google if it won the case. However, a lawyer said the US search service firm has to pay the profits it is expected to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars, if there is evidence that it uses unauthorized data for advertising purposes. fox. In addition, Arizona’s anti-fraud laws also allow the state to collect $ 10,000 for each business violation.
Google yet to comment.
Privacy has been one of the issues Google has sued the most over the past decade. Many lawsuits accuse the company of tracking users through inappropriate location, browsing behavior, collecting student information, and retrieving child data on YouTube … Google has also spent millions of dollars. in the US alone for fines for privacy violations, but this number is not worth compared to the turnover of hundreds of billions of dollars each year.
According to the Washington Post , the Arizona lawsuit reflects a growing awareness among state and federal regulators, that Google has grown too big and not properly controlled. Some states and the US Department of Justice are expected to file additional complaints against Google this summer, highlighting businesses that violate antitrust laws.
“Sometimes, some rich individuals or businesses think they can do whatever they want, feeling like they’re standing on the law,” Brnovich said. “I want Google to know that they have deceived Arizona users. They may be the most innovative company in the world, but not synonymous with going beyond the law.”
Arizona began antitrust exploration and investigation with Google in 2018.