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AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not

“Google agreed to pay $391.5M to settle a lawsuit with 40 U.S. states over allegations that the tech giant was tracking user location data even when users had opted out. A 2018 Associated Press (AP) investigation found that the tracking issue affected as many as two billion people using Google Android devices and hundreds of millions more who used Google Maps.


  • The initial claims made by the AP were confirmed by research conducted by Princeton computer scientists.
  • State officials involved in the suit against Google said that the company used illicitly-gained location information to target consumers with advertisements.
  • State attorney generals claimed that Google misled users about location tracking practices since 2014, violating consumer protection laws.
  • As part of the settlement, Google agreed to make those practices more transparent to users by showing them more information when they adjust location tracking settings.
    • It will also provide a website that allows users to see what data Google is collecting about them.”

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