Lawsuit Says Google Tracks Users Who Have OPTED OUT

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( What was once a search engine has become one of the biggest online service providers in the world. Google now runs the operating systems on our phones and some tablets and laptops, stores our emails, records where we visit, gives us our apps, and so much more. That’s why many people don’t like using the service or go out of their way to “opt out” of certain services to ensure Google isn’t keeping their data.

If a recent lawsuit is to be believed, however, Google could still be tracking people even after they have opted out of those services. According to a report from Reuters, a new lawsuit claims that the tech giant is tracking thousands of user actions every single day on hundreds of different mobile applications. The lawsuit says that Google is doing this even when users have opted out of services that require the tracking.

This isn’t a completely new story, by the way. Google has been accused of this before and a data privacy lawsuit was filed just a few months ago by Boies Schiller Flexner. The clients represented in that case claim that Facebook and Oracle, as well as Google, were tracking data without user permission.

The latest complaint was filed in the United States District Court of San Jose. It accuses Google of violating California’s privacy laws as well as federal wiretapping laws by logging the actions of users. These actions include collecting ride-hailing information and news reading habits from people who have turned off the “Web & App Activity” tracking settings on their Google account.

In short, it means people are following the instructions Google gives them to turn off tracking, leaving them thinking that Google isn’t collecting their data. And when they feel safe that Google isn’t tracking them…they track them.

“Even when consumers follow Google’s own instructions and turn off ‘Web & App Activity’ tracking on their ‘Privacy Controls,’ Google nevertheless continues to intercept consumers’ app usage and app browsing communications and personal information,” the lawsuit says.

We’ll have to wait and see how this one pans out, but it’s worth noting in the meantime that if you use Google services, your data might well still be being accessed by Google. It’s only an allegation, but you never know…