As per reports, Google is found to be practicing harsh moves against users’ privacy, by burying critical privacy options deep in Menu settings. This was revealed from the unredacted documents from Google’s lawsuit in Arizona, where the petitioner claimed Google is intentionally making it hard for users to find privacy settings.
Google Making Anti-Privacy Moves
As per the lawsuit filed against Google last year, Arizona’s attorney general Mark Brnovich has accused the company of intentionally making privacy controls harder to find. From the unredacted documents cited by Insider, Google in its latest release of the Android OS has found that users are leveraging the privacy settings much, which can hinder its business.
As more and more people tend to turn off the location access, which is bad for Google’s ad business, the company decided to bury them deep into the Menu settings where users can hardly find out. Also, it’s alleged that Google is accessing the users’ location even after being denied.
This comes in contrary to efforts that Google is making in Android 11 and Android 12, where it has set a Privacy Dashboard to let users access the privacy tools quickly. Also, the company is following Apple to let advertisers track only the approximate location, but not the exact location. Apart from this, it’s mentioned that Google employees knew how hard for it is for users in blocking Google from tracking them.
Google is capable of knowing and differentiating the home and workplaces of a user, and many more interests. Also, it’s mostly impossible for third-party apps to obtain permissions from users without handing them to Google first. While all these allegations are surfacing through the lawsuit, Google replied saying attorney Brnovich “and our competitors driving this lawsuit have gone out of their way to mischaracterize our services. We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data. We look forward to setting the record straight.”
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