Google faces a lawsuit that was filed this week over Android’s location tracking.
Electronista reports, “The Michigan complaint from Julie Brown and partner, a possible class action, accused Google of excessively detailed tracking. Android 2.2 on their HTC Inspire 4G phones was tracking with the level of frequency and precision of a ‘tracking device for which a court-ordered warrant would ordinarily be required,’ Brown said.”
“The lawsuit demanded $50 million in damages along with whatever might go out to individual phone owners in the event the case is deemed a class action,” Electronista reports. “It would further require Google to stop tracking positions, a move that could require a significant overhaul of Android.”
Electronista reports, “Google for its part has maintained that its requests are opt-in and thus that any tracking it does is with a phone owner’s consent. Critics, including Skyhook’s CEO, have said alternately that the consent isn’t obvious and that Android is collecting much more detail both compared to iOS and what users were expecting.”
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