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Lawsuit Filed Against Google for Tracking Data on Apps Even After Users opt Out

Lawstreet Journal 18 Jul 2020 8:30pm

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On Tuesday, 14th July 2020, a lawsuit against Google was filed stating that Alphabet’s Inc’s Google records other people’s activities on hundreds of thousands of mobile applications when they follow the company’s recommended settings for stopping such monitoring. 

The data privacy case is the second filed against Google in as many months by the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner on behalf of a group of individual consumers. Google's clients have included rivals such as Facebook Inc and Oracle Corp. Google did not react immediately to a request for comment on the filing. The new lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in San Jose accused Google of breaching federal wiretap law and California privacy law by logging in what users are looking at in news, ride-hailing and other forms of applications, despite having switched off "Web & App Activity" monitoring in their Google account settings. 

The lawsuit alleges that data collection takes place through Google's Firebase, a set of software popular among app makers for storing data, delivering alerts and advertisements, and monitoring bugs and clicks. Firebase typically operates inside apps inaccessible to users. The lawsuit reads, “Even when consumers follow Google's own instructions and turn off 'Web & App Activity' tracking on their 'Privacy Controls,' Google nevertheless continues to intercept consumers' app usage and app browsing communications and personal information.” 

As per the lawsuit, Google uses other Firebase data to enhance its products and to personalize ads and other user content. U.S. antitrust investigators are looking into whether Google has unlawfully stifled competition… Continue Reading...

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