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4 States Sue Google for Violating Users’ Privacy

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 09: In this photo illustration, The Google logo is projected onto a man on August 09, 2017 in London, England. Founded in 1995 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Google now makes hundreds of products used by billions of people across the globe, from YouTube and Android to Smartbox and Google Search. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

A group of U.S. attorneys from three states and Washington D.C. on Monday filed a lawsuit against Google, claiming the Internet giant has been violating users’ privacy by tricking them into revealing location data.

“Google uses tricks to continuously seek to track a user’s location,” says D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine, who filed the suit with attorneys from Texas, Washington and Indiana. “The time of trickery for profits is over. This suit … is an overdue enforcement action against a flagrant violator of privacy and the laws of our states.”

The lawsuit accuses Google of intentionally making it difficult for users to turn off their tracking settings so they’ll leave the feature engaged “inadvertently or out of frustration.” The company then gathers the information and uses it to push products, per the suit. However, Google spokesman Jose Castaneda says, “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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