The tech giant also “successfully pressured” phone brands like LG to bury location settings as they were popular, according to Arizona’s attorneys. Google personnel further acknowledged that it was difficult to stop the company from determining your home and work locations, and complained that there was “no way” to give third-party apps your location without also handing them to Google.
We’ve asked Google for comment. In the past, it said that Arizona’s attorneys had “mischaracterized” its services and offered “robust” location privacy controls.
Google has been improving privacy as of late. Android 12 will have an “approximate” location option in addition to a Privacy Dashboard and other controls. If the allegations hold up, though, the firm may have a difficult court battle ahead — they suggest Google was determined to collect data despite Android users’ preferences.
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