Google Loses Challenge Over Spying on US Citizens

( – In May 2020, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) filed a lawsuit against Google for alleged deceptive practices. The big tech company tried to have the suit thrown out, but a judge didn’t agree.

On January 25, Judge Timothy Thomason ruled against Google’s motion to end the suit. Arizona alleged the company was using deceptive practices to gain access to its users’ locations. The tech company then used the information to send the users targeted advertisements.

When he filed the suit, Brnovich said Google tells users they can opt-out of GPS tracking, but the company allegedly “exploits other avenues to invade personal privacy.” He went on to say it’s almost impossible to stop the company from tracking them. When a user disables the location history feature on the smartphone, the company reportedly continues to track their movement through their web activity.

Judge Thomason said the case should go in front of a jury.

In addition to the lawsuit from Arizona, the attorneys general of Indiana, Washington, DC, Washington state, and Texas have also sued Google for deceptive location tracking. The states make similar claims, saying the company has made misleading statements about their practices.

The trial date for the Arizona case has not yet been set.

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