Google Sued For Misleading Users About Their Location Data

Lawsuits by Attorney Generals from DC, TX, WA & IN allege Google misled users and profited from their data.
SIA Team
January 24, 2022

Lawsuits by Attorney Generals from DC, TX, WA & IN allege Google relied on dark patterns, misled users, and profited from consumer data.

Google also makes it nearly impossible for users to stop their location from being tracked. 

The Office of the Attorney General alleges that since (at least) 2014, Google has been knowingly deceiving consumers about how their locations are tracked and used.

Google also misled customers to believe that they can control what information Google collects about them. The Attorney General claims that there is effectively no way consumers can prevent Google from collecting, storing, and profiting from their location data.

The Attorney General of Racine said, “Google falsely led consumers to believe that changing their account and device settings would allow customers to protect their privacy and control what personal data the company could access,”

“The truth is that contrary to Google’s representations it continues to systematically surveil customers and profit from customer data. Google’s bold misrepresentations are a clear violation of consumers’ privacy. I’m proud to lead this bipartisan group of attorneys general that will hold Google accountable for its deception. Through this lawsuit, we will hold Google accountable, and in the process, educate consumers on how their personal data—particularly sensitive data about their physical location—is collected, stored, and monetized. This result of our collective action is that consumers, not Google, will determine how their data is or is not used.”

Read more about this lawsuit here.