But according to the lawsuit, filed by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, Android devices continued to record and keep location records in some apps, such as mapping, weather, and search apps, even if location tracking was disabled.
Google and its YouTube subsidiary, as well as the other major tech companies, are facing a number of regulatory and legal issues right now, following antitrust and privacy enforcement in the European Union. Per Arizona laws, Google could also be fined up to $10,000 for each violation.
Arizona filed a consumer fraud lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's Google on Wednesday, alleging that the United States tech giant used "deceptive" and "unfair" practices to obtain the location data of users. The complainant alleged that Google stealthily collected the location data for whatever reason it wanted to.
Generally, smartphones running Android allow users to turn off a feature that tracks their movements.
Technology giants, including Google, have faced allegations of user privacy violations on many occasions, prompting politicians in the U.S. to talk of stricter regulations and even breaking up "Big Tech". Menus were hard to find, and in some cases, Google changed the default tracking settings "without informing the user, much less seeking or obtaining consent", Arizona contends. "We look forward to setting the record straight", the spokesperson added.
"Though Google claims to have obtained consent to collect and store its users' data, that consent is based on a misleading user interface, as well as other unfair and deceptive acts and practices", the lawsuit alleges.
"Users, including in Arizona, have come to rely on Google's products and services on a daily basis".
The suit charges Google with violating Arizona fraud law and calls for the company to hand over money it made from its activities in that state.
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