Google will pay Arizona $85 million over illegally tracking Android users

Google is paying Arizona $85 million to settle a 2020 lawsuit alleging the search giant illegally tracked Android users. Bloomberg reports. At the time, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued that Google continued to track users for targeted advertising even after they turned off location data settings. If that sounds familiar, that’s because Google is also being sued by Attorneys General in Texas, Washington, DC, and Indiana over similar data tracking complaints. Brnovich’s office also notes that the $85 million settlement is the largest amount Google has paid per user in a privacy lawsuit like this one.

But given that Google is currently posting over $69 billion in quarterly revenue, the penalty may seem like a drop in the bucket. That’s nothing compared to the $1.7 billion Google was fined by the EU for abusive advertising practices. In a statement, Google spokesman José Castañeda said the lawsuit relates to older product policies that have been changed. “We offer simple controls and automatic deletion options for location data, and we’re constantly working to minimize the data we collect,” he said. “We are pleased with the resolution of this matter and will continue to focus our attention on providing useful products for our users.”

Brnovich, meanwhile, says he’s “proud of this historic settlement that proves no company, even big tech companies, are above the law.”

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