Class ActionGoogle Location History Litigation
Class PeriodTBA to TBA
CourtUnited States District Court Northern District of California
Case No. 5:18-cv-05288-EJD
This nationwide consumer class action is brought on behalf of smartphone owners whose location information was stored and/or shared by Google without the user’s knowledge or consent. According to the Complaint filed, Google deceived its customers by stating the devices’ location can no longer be traced once “Location History” has been turned off or disabled. In truth, Google has designed the Android Operating System and various Apps to allow it to continue to track users’ locations through a variety of methods, including using nearby Wi-Fi routers and cell phone antenna. Google then shares its users’ location information with paying advertisers, generating huge profits.
Google’s conduct is a clear violation of a user’s reasonable expectation to privacy. This lawsuit seeks to hold Google accountable for these deceptive practices, secure the right to privacy for its smartphone and App users, and recover damages for those members of the class already harmed.