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Lawsuits say Google tracks mobile users regardless of privacy settings

(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.

PHILPHOTO: The logo of Alphabet Incs Google is set outside its office in Beijing, China, August 8, 2018. REUTERS / Thomas Peter / File Photo

According to a complaint sent late on Friday, Google assures false people 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 placement history, the places you go are no longer saved. "This was simply not true," accused the complainant of San Francisco Federal Court.

Plaintiff, Napoleon Patacsil from San Diego, seeks class action status on behalf of US users of Android phones and Apple iPhones who turned off the tracking feature.

He seeks unspecified damage to Google's alleged intentional violations of California privacy laws and intrusion into people's private affairs.

The alleged tracking of the device by Mountain View, California-based Alphabet Inc was described in an August 1

3 Associated Press article, which was confirmed by computer science researchers at Princeton University.

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 of Google's website, it is now possible to turn off Location History "Not affecting Other Location Services" on phones, and some location data can be saved through other services, such as Search and Maps.

The case is Patacsil vs. Google Inc, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, No. 18-05062.

Reporting of Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing David Gregorio

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