Earlier this week, a report from Associated Press highlighted how Google continues to track the location of iOS users despite them turning off location history.
The suit, which was filed on Friday by a California man, seeks unspecified damages along with class-action status to represent all USA iPhone or Android smartphone users who turned off location history in order not to have their movements logged by Google. "'With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.' This simply was not true".
He is seeking unspecified damages for Google's alleged intentional violations of California privacy laws, and intrusion into people's private affairs. The lawsuit is looking to establish an "iPhone class" and an "Android class" in its desire to obtain class action status. "To actually turn off location tracking, Google says you have to navigate to a setting buried deep in your Google Account called Web & App Activity, which is set by default to share your information, including not just location but IP address and more", reads the Wired piece.
Days after the AP published its Location History investigation, and on the same day this lawsuit was filed, Google updated the Location History support page on its website.
"Specifically, in that settlement Google previously agreed it would not misrepresent anything related to: "(1) the purposes for which it collects and uses covered information, and (2) the extent to which consumers may exercise control over the collection, use, or disclosure of covered information".
As was expected, not even a week following the revelation, Google was taken to court by a disgruntled user, who now wants to represent everyone in the USA who may be affected by Google's practices.
In a detailed investigation AP found that Google kept storing "Location History" from Android devices and iPhones, even after users activated privacy settings on their devices. The company hasn't, however, responded yet about the filing of the lawsuit.