April 30, 2021
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Google’s Recently Revealed Secret Location Tracking Triggers First Lawsuit — Here’s How to Turn It Off

Google gets sued for following people around, even when they shut off the option, so here’s how to turn off Google apps location tracking…

The first Google location tracking lawsuit has been filed in a San Francisco federal court. The new Google location tracking lawsuit seeks to establish an “iPhone class,” along with an “Android class.” The purpose, to obtain class action status, potentially impacting millions of users who turned off Google apps location tracking but were still followed.

Google Sued for Tracking Users’ Movements Even when Location Sharing is Turned Off

The Google location tracking lawsuit stems from recent reports the search giant still tracked users, even if they disabled the option. The lawsuit states, in-part:

“Google expressly represented to users of its operating system and apps that the activation of certain settings will prevent the tracking of users’ geolocations. This representation was false. Despite users’ attempts to protect their location privacy, Google collects and stores users’ location data, thereby invading users’ reasonable expectations of privacy, counter to Google’s own representations about how users can configure Google’s products to prevent such egregious privacy violations.”

The lawsuit furthermore alleges the tech company violated federal law, outlined by the Federal Trade Commission as a “deceptive trade practice.” It also claims a violation of California state law over privacy. The plaintiff is seeking damages, as well as a court order, requiring Google to permanently delete its location tracking data.

After the initial reports that Google apps still tracked users who turned off the feature, the company updated a support page to read:

“This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device. Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.”

Previously, Google stated turning off location history would prevent users’ movements from being collected.

How to Turn Off Google Apps Location Tracking on Android and iOS

Turning off Google apps location tracking isn’t a one-size-fits-all procedure. One problem is device disparity. In other words, different manufacturers, skins, and the like place such settings in different locations, making them difficult to track down. Instead, the best course of action is to go straight to the source. Here’s how to turn off Google apps location tracking on Android and iOS:

  1. Open the Google app. 
  2. Select “Settings.”
  3. Go to “Data & Personalization.”
  4. Select “Activity Controls.”
  5. Toggle off “Web & App Activity” and “Location History.”
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Please note, the Google apps location tracking option is already set to “On” by default. It’s isn’t known if turning it retroactively erases all previously collected data. Users can also go directly to  the Google My Activity dashboard to disable the features, as well.

Owen E. Richason IV

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