Google accused in new lawsuit of ‘invading’ user privacy — Analysis
The attorneys general for three states and Washington DC claim the tech giant used “deceptive and unfair” practices
The attorneys general for Texas, Indiana, Washington, and the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming it used “deceptive and unfair” practices in obtaining users’ location data.
Karl A. Racine, attorney general for the District of Columbia, announced in a statement on Monday that the lawsuit was seeking to end Google’s “illegal use of ‘dark patterns’”To and from “claw back profits made from location data.”
We’re leading a bipartisan group of AGs from Texas, Indiana, & Washington, each suing in state court to hold Google accountable.We’re seeking to stop Google’s illegal use of “dark patterns” & claw back profits made from location data. Read the complaint:https://t.co/KQCPiZSYxA
— AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) January 24, 2022
Racine claims Google has surveilled users’ information since 2014, regardless of their privacy settings, creating a deceptive illusion that data is not being tracked. Plaintiffs claim that Google sent them notifications to try and trick them into sharing their data again after they turned off their Google location data.
“By repeatedly ‘nudging’ users to enable Google Account settings, Google increases the chances that a user will enable the setting inadvertently or out of frustration,”The lawsuit says so.
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It also accuses the tech company of deploying “misleading, ambiguous, and incomplete descriptions” of certain privacy settings and updates, leading many to share data without the knowledge they are doing so.
These are some of the best practices. “harm consumers who wish to protect their sensitive location information”The attorneys general wrote about Google and advertising companies.
Google denied all allegations, stating that the lawsuit presented no evidence. “inaccurate claims and outdated assertions about our settings.”They said they would “vigorously”They can defend themselves against these charges.
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