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Google: Washington DC's AG sues Google for 'deceiving users and invading their privacy'

Google, no stranger to lawsuits about its practices these days, is facing a fresh legal broadside from Washington DC Attorney General Karl Racine. Racine (pictured) has launched an action claiming that Google has violated the Consumer Protection Procedures act in the state, specifically about location tracking. Essentially, Racine believes that while Google says its users can opt-out of having their whereabouts identified, such tracking remains in place.BREAKING: My office is suing Google for deceiving users and invading their privacy.Google claims that changing your device and account settings protects your data. The truth is, since 2014, Google has systematically surveilled users no matter what settings they choose.- AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) January 24, 2022Much of this controversy was first publicized back in 2018 when an Associated Press report identified that location tracking remained active regardless of the user's choice. The claim says that between 2014 and 2019, despite these promises, tracking data was stored in a Web and App Activity database. As our deep dive on the subject explained, Google did enable users to go in and erase their location from this file, but the process was slow and laborious.We're leading a bipartisan group of AGs from Texas, Indiana, & Washington, each suing in state court to hold Google accountable.We're seeking to stop Google's illegal use of "dark patterns" & claw back profits made from location data. Read the complaint: AG Karl A. Racine (@AGKarlRacine) January 24, 2022"Google leads consumers to believe that consumers are in control of whether Google collects and retains information about their location and how that information is used," says the complaint. "In reality, consumers who use Google products cannot prevent Google from collecting, storing and profiting from their location." It added that the use of dark patterns to nudge a user to consenting to data collection is harmful to consumers.This breaking news story is developing, please refresh for more information.

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