Docs From a Google Lawsuit Reveal Efforts to Collect User Locations

Newly uncovered documents in a recent lawsuit filed against Google show that the company’s own executives and engineers know how difficult it is for the company to keep smartphone users’ location data confidential. Even if the user has disabled multiple locations, Google continues to collect location data. 

File display, sharing settings make popular privacy settings more difficult to find, and even force LG and other mobile phone manufacturers to hide settings, precisely because users like them. The only way Google can’t determine a user’s home and work location is if the person deliberately fired Google by setting their home and work addresses to other random locations. 

These documents show that Jen Chai, Google’s senior product manager in charge of location services, does not know how the company’s complex network of privacy settings interacts. LG did not respond to requests for comment on the matter. These documents were part of a lawsuit filed by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office against Google last year, which accused the company of illegally collecting location data from phone users. Last week, at the request of the trade organizations Digital Content Next and News Media Alliance, the judge ordered that no new parts of the document be drafted. The organization argued that it is in the public interest to understand this information and that Google is using your legal recourse to delete 

Review your data collection practices. The unsealed versions of these documents explain in more detail how Google obscured its data collection technology, which confuses not only users but also its own employees. Collect user location data, according to documents, including WiFi and even third-party apps not affiliated with Google, forcing users to share their data to use these apps, or in some cases, even connect their phones to WiFi. “So there is no way to provide your location to a third-party application instead of Google?” According to the document, an employee added: “It doesn’t sound like what we want to see on the front page of the [New York Times]. 

The document shows that when Google tested its version of the Android operating system to make privacy settings easier to find, users took advantage of them, and Google considered this to be a “problem.” In order to solve this problem, Google hopes to bury these settings deeper in the settings menu. Google is also trying to persuade smartphone manufacturers to hide location settings “by actively misrepresenting and/or concealing, suppressing or omitting facts”, that is, Google must prove that users are using the data of these settings-“to alleviate [manufacturer] privacy issues. “Google employees seem to admit that users are frustrated with the company’s aggressive data collection practices, which may harm their business.

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