Google sued over tracking locations even when ‘Location History‘ is off

Last week, a bombshell found that Google was still tracking iPhone and Android device users, even if they turned off the “” setting. Now, the first lawsuit has been filed against the search engine giant over this issue, according to documents posted by . 

On Friday, attorneys representing the plaintiff, Napoleon Patacsil from San Diego, in federal court in San Francisco. The lawsuit is looking to establish an “iPhone class” and an “Android class” in its desire to obtain class action status. This could potentially affect millions of users — anyone who uses either an iPhone or Android device and had turned off Location History yet were still tracked by Google. 

“Google expressly represented to users of its operating system and apps that the activation of certain settings will prevent the tracking of users’ geolocations. This representation was false. Despite users’ attempts to protect their location privacy, Google collects and stores users’ location data, thereby invading users’ reasonable expectations of privacy, counter to Google’s own representations about how users can configure Google’s products to prevent such egregious privacy violations,” the lawsuit states.

The lawsuit argues that that Google had violated federal law outlined by the as a “deceptive trade practice” by tracking each users’ location after they attempted to block the feature by turning Location History off. The that Google violated the California Invasion of Privacy Act and California’s constitutional right to privacy by tracking the location of users that disabled Location History on their device.

The plaintiff in the case is not only seeking damages, but also a court order requiring Google to destroy its location tracking data on him and the class members of the lawsuit.

Days after the AP published its Location History investigation, and on the same day this lawsuit was filed, Google updated the Location History support page on its website. The that is live now reads “This setting does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device. Some location data may be saved as part of your activity on other services, like Search and Maps.”

Before the current edit to the page, Google’s that “with Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored.”

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