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Google Sued for Tracking Users Without Their Consent

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According to a complaint filed late Friday, Google falsely assures people they won’t be tracked if they turn the “Location History” feature on their phones to “off,” and instead violates their privacy by monitoring and storing their movements.

The plaintiff, Napoleon Patacsil of San Diego, is seeking class-action status on behalf of U.S. users of Android phones and Apple iPhones who turned the tracking feature off.

He is seeking unspecified damages for Google’s alleged intentional violations of California privacy laws, and intrusion into people’s private affairs.

Following the revelation, Google edited the help section of its website, which now states that turning Location History off “does not affect other location services” in phones, and that some location data may be saved through other services, such as Search and Maps.

Curated from Reuters

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