Android Users Sue Google For $50M Over Tracking
We just got wind that two Android users have sued Google over claims that their Android phones were used as a tracking mechanism without their consent. The two people that filed the lawsuit are both residents of Oakland County in Michigan.
The lawsuit was filed on April 27th in a Detroit Federal Court. Both residents use HTC Inspire 4G phones and both claim that “[the Android devices track them] just as if a tracking device for which a court-ordered warrant would ordinarily be required.” The two plaintiffs are looking to turn the Android tracking case into a class action and are seeking $50 million in damages, as well as a court order to force Google to eliminate tracking. A Google spokesman responded to the suit much like they’ve said before, that they provide users with notice and control over the collection, sharing, and use of location data.
Furthermore, all data that is sent back to Google location servers are kept anonymous and cannot be tied or traced to a specific Android user. Basically, the phone is nothing remotely similar to a “tracking device [similar] to a court-ordered warrant [that] would ordinarily be required.” In either case, I can’t blame them for trying to fish for some money. After all, Google raked in nearly $30 Billion dollars last year. I don’t think the case will go very far before it is thrown out.