New facts emerged in the Arizona Attorney General’s lawsuit against Google, in which the tech giant is accused of illegally collecting user data. According to the documents published, Google executives and engineers knew how difficult it was for smartphone users to keep their device location private.
The source says that Google continued to collect information even when users turned off various settings for sharing location data. In addition, the company deliberately made it difficult to find the settings for disabling data collection functions and forced smartphone manufacturers to hide these settings, as users often used them to block location-tracking functions.
Former Google vice president Jack Menzel, who oversees the company’s mapping service, admitted in court that the only way to make it difficult for Google to determine where users live and work is to provide arbitrary data rather than real addresses. It also notes that Google’s senior product manager Jen Chai, responsible for the location services, did not know-how elements of the company’s complex network of privacy settings interact.
The data was released as part of a case filed by the Arizona Attorney General’s Office against Google last year, accusing the tech giant of illegally collecting location data. Google officials refrain from commenting on this issue.