What is Going on with Google?
When faced with a lawsuit, Google chose instead to settle. Is this a good thing, or are they avoiding an admission of wrongdoing?
Brnovich’s office alleged Google deceptively obtained user location data to “make billions of dollars in profit” in what the office called “one of the biggest consumer fraud lawsuits in Arizona history.”
The settlement represents the largest amount per capita Google has paid in a consumer fraud and privacy lawsuit of this kind, according to the attorney general’s office.
Brnovich began investigating Google in 2018 after reports that some of the company’s apps continued to track user location data even if they had switched off the location history feature.
The attorney general’s office noted that Brnovich, who sued Google in Arizona state court in 2020, was the first to take the tech giant to state court over “dark patterns,” or coercive design tactics, built into the software that are designed to manipulate users’ behavior.
“When I was elected attorney general, I promised Arizonans I would fight for them and hold everyone, including corporations like Google, accountable,” Brnovich said in a statement. “I am proud of this historic settlement that proves no entity, not even big tech companies, is above the law.” …
According to court documents (pdf), both parties decided to settle after assessing the legal issues to avoid the costs and uncertainties of a trial, which was due to begin on Oct. 24. …
What do you think of this settlement? Share your thoughts and prayers below.
(Excerpt from The Epoch Times. Photo Credit: Alex Dudar on Unsplash)
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