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Sunday, June 06, 2021

It's deeply unsurprising that newly-released information from the Attorney General's office for Arizona -- released when a judge agreed to unseal some of the data -- shows Google trying to hide privacy settings and tracking users after they chose to not be tracked.



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..."Users are more likely to disable their device's location setting if they are readily offered such a setting. This was demonstrated by a substantial increase in devices with location turned off in versions of Android that included a location toggle in the device's easily accessed Quick Settings pane," the Arizona AG's filing said. "Google viewed the large increase as a problem to be solved, so it removed this setting from the Quick Settings pane of devices it manufactured, and it sought -- successfully -- to convince other manufacturers using Android to do the same on the basis of false and misleading information."

The filing added: "Google infers a user's extremely sensitive home and work locations without consent. Not only does Google still infer these locations when a user turns off Location History, but it also does so when a user turns off all of a device's location-related settings. Jack Menzel, Google's former Vice President of Product for Maps and current Vice President of Product for Ads, testified that the only way for Google to not infer a user's home and work is for that user to 'set home and work to arbitrary locations.'"...

Frightening stuff. The above is just the tip of the iceberg.

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-06 03:46 PM | Reply


"Frightening stuff. The above is just the tip of the iceberg." is my comment not the article's, it should not have been indented.

Oops. :)

#2 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-06-06 03:47 PM | Reply

Shouldn't be surprising to anyone. They dropped their slogan "Don't be evil" a while back for a reason.

#3 | Posted by sentinel at 2021-06-06 06:10 PM | Reply

For years Microsoft was hated by many for their business practices.

Google has become so despicable they've managed to make Microsoft look decent.

Same with Walmart.

For years Walmart was hated by many.

Then along came Amazon.

Now I'm actually rooting for Walmart.


#4 | Posted by BillJohnson at 2021-06-06 06:51 PM | Reply

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