Google settles California lawsuit over its location-privacy practices

Google pays it reached with California Legal professional Basic Rob Bonta, resolving allegations that the corporate’s location-privacy practices violated the state’s shopper safety legal guidelines. The California Division of Justice claimed that Google was “amassing, storing, and utilizing their location knowledge” for shopper promoting functions with out knowledgeable consent.

The grievance alleges that Google continued to gather shopper knowledge associated to a person’s location even when a person turned the “location historical past” function off. The corporate settled comparable and for illegally monitoring shoppers.

Along with paying $93 million, Google agreed to “deter future misconduct.” This settlement, which gained’t actually harm Google’s deep pockets, is necessary as a result of the tech big generates the vast majority of its income from promoting and location-based promoting is a crucial function of its promoting platform.

Shifting ahead, the California AG is asking Google to supply further transparency about location monitoring by offering customers with detailed details about location knowledge it collects. The corporate should additionally present disclaimers to customers that their location data could also be used for advert personalization.

Engadget reached out to Google for remark however did not obtain a response.