Google continues to collect the location data of its users even though it is disabled in the geolocation and location settings. This was reported by Business Insider with reference to documents published on the Arizona Attorney’s Office website. In addition, the company makes private search settings difficult to find and pressured LG and other smartphone manufacturers to hide such settings, the newspaper writes.
The documents, published on the Arizona Attorney’s Office website, are part of the evidence in a lawsuit against the company filed last year. The State Attorney’s Office accuses Google of illegally collecting users’ geolocation data, even though they want to hide it.
Last week, the judge ordered the publication of new documents on the site in response to a request from Digital Content Next and the News Media Alliance, claiming that it is in the public interest to know that Google is using its legal resources to cover up its investigation into data collection.
The documents show how Google hid the data collection mechanism and confused not only its users but also its employees.
Former Vice President Jack Menzel has sworn that the only way to hide his geographic location from Google is if a user provides random locations with their home and work addresses.
Google uses several tools to collect information according to documents, including WiFi and third-party applications not affiliated with Google, forcing users to specify their geographical location to use those applications.
Google LG did not respond to a request for comment.