Google Being Sued Over Location Tracking Allegations


After Apple was accused of tracking user locations, it is Android’s turn now. Some users of the HTC Inspire 4G have accused Google of tracking/storing user locations and movements and as a result have filed a lawsuit against them. They have filed a formal complaint on the 27th of April in Detroit. This means that Google will now have to testify in front of a senate like Apple is doing on May 10. The complainants in this case mention that they are representing all those Android users who have been victims of this particular issue and are seeking $5 million in compensation and a court ruling against Google to stop tracking locations and user movements. Google however has decided to remain silent and not comment on the issue.

A Google spokesman, Chris Gaither sent an e-mail on the 27th of April stating – “We provide users with notice and control over the collection, sharing and use of location”, and said “any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user”. We’re not sure if we can believe these allegations as of now due to its sensitive nature. This could prove to be a major hitch for Google, and we are eagerly awaiting the judgement to know if this is actually true.



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