Google settles lawsuit over location-privacy practices.

Google settles lawsuit over location-privacy practices.

Google Settles $93 Million Privacy Lawsuit in California


Google has reached a settlement with California Attorney General Rob Bonta, agreeing to pay $93 million to resolve allegations that the company’s location-privacy practices violated consumer protection laws. The California Department of Justice accused Google of collecting, storing, and using users’ location data for consumer advertising purposes without obtaining informed consent.

The Accusations

The complaint against Google stated that the company continued to collect consumer data related to a user’s location, even when the user had turned off the “location history” feature. This allegation is not the first of its kind, as Google settled similar lawsuits in Arizona and Washington last year for illegally tracking consumers.

The Implications of the Settlement

Apart from the financial penalty, Google has agreed to “deter future misconduct.” While $93 million may only be a drop in the bucket for the tech giant, it is a significant step towards holding the company accountable for its actions. This settlement is particularly notable because advertising, particularly location-based advertising, is a critical source of revenue for Google.

Moving Towards Transparency

As part of the settlement, the California Attorney General is urging Google to provide greater transparency in its location-tracking practices. The company must now furnish users with detailed information about the location data it collects. Additionally, Google is required to provide disclaimers to users, informing them that their location information may be used for personalized advertisements.

It remains to be seen how Google will respond to this settlement and whether it will make meaningful changes to its privacy practices. ENBLE reached out to Google for comment, but unfortunately, they did not respond.

This settlement serves as a reminder that privacy concerns are of utmost importance in today’s digital age. Tech giants need to prioritize user consent and transparency to build trust with their customers. Hopefully, this resolution will encourage Google to take proactive steps towards protecting user privacy and ensure compliance with consumer protection laws.