Unedited court documents in a lawsuit involving Google have alleged that the tech giant reportedly knew that it was difficult for smartphone users to keep location information private. The search giant’s seeming deliberate privacy breach, the court documents further revealed, was common knowledge to Google’s top executives and engineers. Google continued to collect users’ location data even after they had turned off location sharing on their devices.
Another accusation is that the company specifically made privacy settings difficult to find. Furthermore, Google was alleged to have also pressured phone manufacturers to hide privacy settings because users regularly activated the settings.
The lawsuit was filed by the US state of Arizona against Google, alleging that the company secretly breached user privacy by illegally tracking Android users’ location without their consent.