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Google Faces Legal Woes After location tracking openings



Google is facing a potential complaint action and requires an FTC investigation after disclosure of location tracking practices.

Associated Press reported last week that Google saved user positions even when "Location History" was turned off on iPhone and Android devices. Then the company edited its help page to adapt to the policy. Now a man in San Diego has filed a lawsuit against the company, and activists ask if the practice is in conflict with the company's 2011 agreement with the Federal Trade Commission.

Lawsuits claim that Google violated the California Privacy Act and state constitutional law right to privacy. It seeks class action status for both iPhone and Android users. If this status is approved, the lawsuit may amount to millions of people.

In addition, activists and lawyers require the FTC to investigate whether this practice is in violation of Google's 201

1 Declaration of Conformity. In this document, Google agreed not to misrepresent "(1) the purposes for which it collects and uses covered information, and (2) the extent to which consumers can exercise control over the collection, use or disclosure of covered information." [19659002] Google's location tracking was already on the radar in Washington. In May two senators called the FTC to look at company practices after a Quartz survey showed that it was almost impossible to get Google to stop tracking the location of Android devices.


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