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Google Sued by D.C., States Over Tracking Despite Opt-Outs

  • Company says claim based on outdated assertions about settings
  • A.G.s cite company discussions about ‘confusing’ disclosures
The Google campus in Mountain View, California.
The Google campus in Mountain View, California.Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg
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A group of state attorneys general, including Texas, Indiana and Washington D.C., said Monday they were suing Alphabet Inc.’s Google over what they allege are deceptive tactics designed to trick consumers into disclosing location data to more accurately target advertising. 

Even when consumers turn off location tracking on their phones, Google continues to track their movements using a separate function called “Web & App activity,” the attorneys general said. They cited a 2018 Associated Press report as the basis for the assertion and said the company has since removed a consumer notice claiming that “the places you go are no longer stored.” Portions of the lawsuits were redacted, and the copy of the Washington D.C. complaint said it was filed under seal.