‘Location Off Should Mean Location Off’: Lawsuit Hits Google’s Alleged ‘Data Collection Schemes’

‘Location Off Should Mean Location Off’: Lawsuit Hits Google’s Alleged ‘Data Collection Schemes’


In the latest version of a lawsuit against Google from Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, the Big Tech giant allegedly tracked user location via third-party apps — including when devices were connected to WiFi, even if the user had switched location services off.

According to a report by the AZ Mirror, employees of Google shared concerns that media outlets, such as The New York Times, would discover the truth.

“So there is no way to give a third party app your location and not Google?” a Google employee is quoted as saying in the complaint in a previously redacted section, as reported by the AZ Mirror. “This doesn’t sound like something we would want on the front page of the NYT.”

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As the AZ Mirror explained, the complaint against Google “is part of an ongoing consumer fraud lawsuit Brnovich first filed in May 2020 alleging that Google’s data collection schemes violated the state’s Consumer Fraud Act,” adding that “large portions of the

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