- A class-action lawsuit filed on Tuesday alleges that Google monitors hundreds of thousands of apps even when users opt out of “web and app activity” in settings.
- Data privacy lawsuits accuse the search engine giant of violating wiretap law and California privacy law by filing what users are looking for in apps.
- It also alleges tracking via Google’s Firebase, a popular set of software for app makers.
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Alphabet Inc.’s Google records what people are doing on hundreds of mobile applications, following the company’s recommended settings to prevent such surveillance, a lawsuit Tuesday demanding the status of class action alleged.
The data privacy lawsuit is the second filed by Google on behalf of law firm Boies Schiller Flexner among a handful of individual consumers. The firm’s clients also include Google competitors such as Facebook Inc. and Oracle Corp.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the filing.
A new complaint in a US district court in San Jose accused Google of violating federal wiretap law and California privacy law by saying that users were seeing news, ride-hailing and other types of apps, despite which they ” Web and app activity “tracking off” in their Google Account settings.
The lawsuit alleges that data collection occurs through Google’s Firebase, a set of software popular among app builders to create software, distribute information and advertisements, and monitor glitches and clicks. Firebase typically works inside apps invisibly to consumers.
“Even when consumers follow Google’s own instructions and turn off ‘web and app activity’ on their ‘privacy controls’, Google continues to block consumers’ app usage and app browsing communications and personal information Is, “the lawsuit says.
According to the lawsuit, Google uses some Firebase data to improve its products and personalize advertisements and other content for consumers.
Reuters reported in March that US antitrust investigators are looking into whether Google has stopped competition in advertising and other businesses by making Firebase effectively illegal.
In its case last month, Boies Schiller Flexner accused Google of recording Chrome browser users’ activity, even when they activated what Google called incognito mode. Google said it would fight the claim.
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