By David Shepardson and Doina Chiacu
Two other state attorneys general plan to file lawsuits as well as part of a bipartisan effort to hold Google accountable over privacy, Washington, D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s office said in a statement.
“Google falsely led consumers to believe that changing their account and device settings would allow customers to protect their privacy and control what personal data the company could access,” Racine said.
“The truth is that contrary to Googleâ€™s representations it continues to systematically surveil customers and profit from customer data. Google’s bold misrepresentations are a clear violation of consumersâ€™ privacy.”
Google Spokesperson Jose Castaneda said the “attorneys general are bringing a case based on inaccurate claims and outdated assertions about our settings. We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data. We will vigorously defend ourselves and set the record straight.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton alleged Google misled consumers by continuing to track their location even when users sought to prevent it.
Google has a â€œLocation Historyâ€ setting and informs users if they turn it off “the places you go are no longer stored,” Texas said.
Google “continues to track usersâ€™ location through other settings and methods that it fails to adequately disclose,” Texas said.
In May 2020, Arizona filed a similar lawsuit against Google over its collection of location data of users. That suit is pending.
(Reporting by David Shepardson and Doina Chiacu Editing by Susan Heavey, Mark Potter and Marguerita Choy)