Google sued over its location tracking activities

Google sued over its location tracking activities
The location tracking scandal is in full swing, and the latest twist in it is that two users of the Android-powered HTC Inspire 4G have filed a lawsuit against Google. The foundation of their claims is that their phones allegedly tracked and stored their movements "just as if by a tracking device for which a court-ordered warrant would ordinarily be required."

The complaint was filed on April 27 in Detroit. The plaintiffs in this case want to represent other Android users who think Google is violating their rights with its location tracking activities, which may result in a class action lawsuit, similar to the one that was filed against Apple for the very same reasons.

The plaintiffs are seeking "at least $50 million in damages and a court order requiring Google to stop tracking its products’ users."

Google refused to comment on the lawsuit.

Both Apple and Google are to testify in a Senate hearing concerned with consumer privacy on mobile devices. The hearing is scheduled for May 10.

In an e-mail dated April 27, the Mountain View-based company's spokesman Chris Gaither said that lawmakers don't have to be worried about Google's collection of data, stating that "we provide users with notice and control over the collection, sharing and use of location", while adding "any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user."

source: Bloomberg

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41 Comments

42. Followasmile unregistered

you have to physically opt in to the Google location services so the whole basis of this lawsuit is completely ridiculous. These idiots HAD to say YES i want Google to anonymously collect data about my location. It is one of the FIRST things you have the option of checking or not checking when setting up your phone. Not only that, but you also have the option of turning it on and off at your discretion under settings. There is absoblutelt NO basis for this lawsuit. I get th Apple ones, because you don't have the option, but with Google, YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE IT YOURSELF.

39. Izoe

Posts: 150; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

@Gemini, you obviously don't understand what sniggly is saying. he said you should go back to other posts about apple and read them again so you would see that peoples complaint was about Jobs response. All they said he should have said is "sorry there is a problem we're going to fix it", instead Of saying its goolge not us. Which some other sensible person at apple did at the end of the day. i owned a 3gs(now with my little bro) and now a galaxys so i appreciate objectivity in posts and not fanboyism. i thot u always whine about android fans posting comments under apple articles, but here you are doing the same thing

32. rafaelinus unregistered

Deserve android? What the ffff... seriously?. Can somebody \deserve\ Android? XDDDD You nerds xD

30. IOS5 unregistered

KABOOM 2

21. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Now watch fandroids on the defensive, hahahahaha. Love it. But still. I have nothing against Google and Apple collecting data from users as long as it's anonymized. They are doing this to provide better services that users would benefit from, and I can't believe these idiots are suing for something that's supposed to improve the performance of their devices. Ayayayyyyy.

27. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Why don't you go back to the Apple lawsuit story and count how many people voted for that suit as a good idea? (Those laughing at the irony of sue happy Apple getting sued by its customers don't count).

29. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Exactly my point. It's like kids complaining about their parents meddling so much and taking what parents do negatively, not realizing that parents do it for a good reason. Both Apple and Google collect those data not because they can have something to gossip about the following day about where you went last night. They're gathering those data so they can even improve on their services. As a user, we need to give them a degree of trust that they won't expose us to trouble or harm. They will make mistakes in the process, but that's just how it is.

31. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You aren't listening. Just like a little kids, you see only what you want to see. I said go back and count, because I want to make the point that the majority of us, despite our loathing for Apple's business practices, thought the suit was a stupid idea, and only helpful if Apple would not othwlerwise solve their "software bug."

35. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Geez Louisse. Give Apple a little break. They did say they're going fixing it. My goodness. Take some chill pill or something, or get laid, you need it, bwahahahahahaha

37. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

First off, I got laid more recently than you probably have. Secondly, once again, you AREN'T FUCKING LISTENING. I'm being SUPPORTIVE of Apple, and HAVE BEEN since they announced that they're FIXING THEIR PROBLEM. THE MAJORITY OF US THOUGHT THE LAWSUIT WAS A STUPID IDEA EVEN IF IT WAS FUNNY. WE JUST WANTED APPLE TO ADMIT THERE WAS AN ISSUE AND FIX IT. THEY ARE. SO WE ARE SAYING "GOOD JOB, APPLE." WE ARE ALSO SAYING "YOU PEOPLE ARE FUCKTARDS FOR SUING." APPLE NORMALLY HAS CUTTHROAT AND FUCKED UP BUSINESS PRACTICES. BUT THIS TIME THEY'RE DOING A GOOD JOB. SO WE'RE RECOGNIZING THAT. WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSHOLES SUING APPLE. AND WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ASSHOLES SUING GOOGLE. HAVE I MADE MYSELF CLEAR, GEMINI, OR DO WE NEED TO BRING IN A SPECIAL ED TEACHER?

38. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And my current emotion can be best expressed as a long, tired facepalm and a drawn out sigh through my nostrils.

12. bossmt_2

Posts: 459; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Monkey see monkey do, they are hoping for a settlement, but considering google has an army of lawyers on retainer, I'm sure this case will be thrown out by the end of the week.

11. badfish unregistered

Theese idiots agree to be tracked when turning on location services on any android phone. They dont deserve anything

9. MorePhonesThanNeeded unregistered

Wow, only in america! These two idiots might want to switch this suit from Google to their cellphone company, as your phone company knows where your phone is as long as you have signal. It's how you get your calls and data, which is tacked via your MEID. What is this crap? Like these guys sat in their mom's basement and came up with this halfcocked idea and found a legal representative who knows quite a lot about the industry to take on this case. Wonder what will happen?

10. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

Knowing the kind of assholes who would do this, I'm guessing it's more like a middle aged couple.

4. Lunchbox unregistered

I dont get it, if you look on the front and back end of the android platform, it asks you every time you setup do you want to enable google location tracking..... if you dont say no and turn off your gps until you need it. Every carrier has been tracking cell phones since they started Via towers it just doesnt make sense that people think this is a big chance for money. Get a job.

5. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

I know right? The carriers, for years, won't even allow a phone to be put on their network that doesn't have some kind of traceability. And even before that they still had an idea of where you were just by tower traffic alone, though much less accurate.

3. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

they dont have a case. these idiots obviously found a lawyer that doesnt know that Android asks for concent before tracking anything and its completly anonnymous and just the last few places. Unlike apple that doesnt give an opt out and tracks everything you do.

20. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Lol :) Can't blame them for trying. It became a HUGE deal, when it's not. Thanks to you fandroids. You're the ones who poured gas into a small fire thinking that it wouldn't catch up on you. Well it's been blown out of proportions now, and guess who's house is on fire now as well? :)

23. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

You are such a full-time victim. iOS tracking is still a big deal no matter what happens to these two idiots. They pressed "Yes" or "Allow" when advised that their phone uses location data. In a nutshell, they agreed to the terms and conditions. You can decline for any app to use you location but iOS STILL saves your data. Apple admitted that it's a bug! Many Android users, including myself, even said it was too early to file lawsuits against Apple for what is a fixable problem. But that doesn't matter to you because you are always such a victim you just had to come in and say, "nah, nah-nah, nah, nah, nah.". But again, the difference is my phone told me what it was doing and when I told it to stop, it stopped. A simple little thing, turning off your location, but something you will never be able to do...until you join the darkside. Ha ha. Muha ha! Muha hahahahahaaaa! LUKE! I am your fath...okay i'll stop now.

26. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

You mean until he joins the crew of Serenity? ;)

28. this guy unregistered

na jopin the android side the dark side....we offer cookies and full benefts on like those followers of the icrap

33. Whateverman

Posts: 3295; Member since: May 17, 2009

I don't know if he'd fare well in Serenity. He's too serious.

36. Sniggly

Posts: 7305; Member since: Dec 05, 2009

And too disconnected from reality. Even River would take one look at his mind and say "Holy shit, is he on DRUGS?!"

2. Rich unregistered

o goodness gracious. all people these days want is reasons to try and sue for free money..... HAS LOCATION TRACKING EVER HURT ANYONE!?? give it up with these "at least $50 million in damages" god darn money sniffers.

7. dex-4

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

It's not about the money, but about the principal. If you sue google for $1 do you think they will care. No. How much of this information do you think has been sold to other companies? Probably enough to make up the $50 million. Has it hurt anyone if the government listens in on everyone's telephone conversations? Probably not, but no one wants that.

8. Rich unregistered

i hate to say it... but nobody is making people use these devices. you buy the product and agree to its use.... you cant go around sueing them now. just dont use them if you dont like it.

13. dex-4

Posts: 22; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

So what do you call a company that takes information from you without your knowledge?

16. this guy unregistered

its stupid for them to sue cuz the information they take is harmless unless your running from the law then ok that sucks but u agree to the terms and activate the locating gps so u just agreed to google to follow you....these guy are a bunch of idiots and any who agree is too....just saying

18. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 2010

Hey Mr paranoid. It's called service improvement. And the data that actually goes back to them are anonymized.

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