A lawsuit against Google has revealed how difficult it is for the company to keep smartphone users’ location data private.
In a lawsuit against Google, newly unregulated documents reveal that the company’s executives and engineers know how difficult it is for smartphone users to keep their location data private.
Google employees acknowledged that those who use the company’s services can hardly hide their location. Even custom settings don’t help. This is proven by documents from the Arizona Attorney General’s lawsuit against Google. The company is said to collect location data even when users turn off location sharing settings.
Google has also made it difficult to find popular privacy settings and has squeezed LG and other smartphone manufacturers to hide the settings users demand. It is noted that the only way to hide the location of home and workplace from Google is to set addresses to a random location.
The Arizona Attorney General’s Office accuses Google of illegally collecting location data from a smartphone, even if users reject it.