Google faces lawsuit over tracking users location

Following the Associated Press (AP) accusing Google of tracking users location via Android and iPhone smartphones when ‘Location History’ is switched off, the tech giant has been hit with a lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that the tech giant has been violating people’s privacy by telling them their Location History is off when, in fact, it is not.

Filed in federal court last Friday in San Francisco, the lawsuit came to light the same day Google updated its ‘Google Account Help’ page.

“Your Location History helps you get better results and recommendations on Google products.
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For example, you can see recommendations based on places you’ve visited with signed-in devices or traffic predictions for your daily commute,” says the updated blog post.

“You control what’s saved in your Location History, and you can delete your history at any time. You can turn off Location History at the account level at any time.
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 This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device.”

The ‘Google Account Help’ page also notes that some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.

“When you turn off Location History for your Google Account, it’s off for all devices associated with that Google Account,” it continues.

Written by Leah Alger

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