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Google Sued For Collecting Location Data

  • CNET, Friday, April 29, 2011 12:36 PM
Apple isn't the only company with problems stemming from the unauthorized collection of consumers' location data. Two Michigan women are suing Google over location data collected by Android devices, which, as CNet points out, comes a week after Apple was named in a lawsuit citing privacy violations with the iPhone logging similar data.

First reported by the Detroit News, the $50 million lawsuit against Google seeks to stop Google from selling phones with software that can track a user's location. Seeking class action status for the suit, the plaintiffs' lawyer, Steven Budaj, argues in the complaint that the tracking of Android owners' location "puts users at serious risk of privacy invasions, including stalking."

As CNet notes, Google acknowledged last week that it collects location information, including GPS current location, timestamps, nearby Wi-Fi network addresses, and device ID, from Android devices, but insisted it was not traceable to a specific individual.

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