Unedited documents in Arizona’s lawsuit against Google indicate that the company’s executives and engineers were aware that the search giant had made it difficult for smartphone users to keep location information private. Insider reports.
The documents suggest Google was collecting location data even after users turned off location sharing, making it difficult for users to find privacy settings. insider It is also reported that the documents show that Google pressured phone manufacturers to keep privacy settings hidden because these settings were popular with users.
Mark Brnovich, Arizona Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Google last MayThe company claimed to illegally track the location of Android users without their consent, even if users turned off the location tracking features. The lawsuit suggested that Google allowed location tracking to run in the background for some features and only stopped the practice when users turned off system-level tracking.
Earlier this week, a judge ordered that parts of the documents in the case not be edited in response to requests from trading groups Digital Content Next and News Media Alliance. insider reported. The unedited documents show that a Google employee asked if there was no way to give a third-party app your location and not Google. adding that it didn’t sound like something the company wanted to reveal to the media Insider.
Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Saturday. The company said yes in a statement The edge last year Brnovich had “misrepresented our services” in the lawsuit.