By Jonathan Stempel
(Reuters) – Google has been charged with a lawsuit for illegal trafficking of millions of iPhone and Android phone users, even when They use a privacy setting to prevent it.
According to a complaint filed late Friday, Google assures false people that they will not be traced if they turn "Location History" on their phones to "off" and instead violate their privacy by monitoring and storing their movements.
"Google represented that a user" can turn off Location History at any time. With the location history, the places you go are no longer saved. "This was simply not true," said the complaint filed in San Francisco Federal Court.
Plaintiff Napoleon Patacsil in San Diego, seeking class action status on behalf of US users of Android phones and Apple iPhones who showed the tracking
He seeks unspecified damage to Google's alleged intentional violation of California privacy laws and intrusion into people's privacy.
The alleged tracking of the device to Mountain View, California-based Alphabet Inc was described in an August 1
Google did not respond immediately to Monday for comments requests. Michael Sobol, a partner at Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein who represented Patacsil, did not respond immediately to similar requests.
Patacsil claimed that Google illegally tracked him on his Android phone and later on his iPhone, where he had downloaded some Google apps.
He said that Google's "main goal" was to "monitor" phone users and let third parties do the same.
In the help section on Google's website, it is now clearing Location History of "Not affecting Other Location Services" on phones, and some location data may be stored through other services, such as Search and Maps.
The case is Patacsil against Google Inc., US District Court, Northern District of California, No. 18-05062.
(Reporting of Jonathan Stempel in New York, Editing David Gregorio)