United States of America: Indiana Attorney General files lawsuit against Google for allegedly tracking location data without users’ consent

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Indiana Attorney General files lawsuit against Google for allegedly tracking location data without users’ consent

The Attorney General of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against Google for its tracking location practices. In the lawsuit, it is alleged that Google falsely represented the extent to which users are able to control how their location data is collected, used and monetized, thus violating the Indiana Deceptive Consumer Sales Act. The Attorney General collaborated with the Attorneys General of the District of Texas, Columbia and the state of Washington. In particular, the allegations are that Google consumers: must navigate numerous and conflicting controls to protect their privacy, are deceived regarding their ability to protect their privacy and have their ability to make informed choices undermined through deceptive practices in the Google devices' settings. The proposed relief includes ordering Google to pay penalities to users, cease the unlawful conduct, relinquish the profits made from the deceptive practices, and give up the data acquired from such conduct.

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Policy Area
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Policy Instrument
Consumer protection regulation
Regulated Economic Activity
cross-cutting
Implementation Level
subnational
Government Branch
executive
Government Body
consumer protection authority

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2022-01-24
under deliberation

The Attorney General of Indiana has filed a lawsuit against Google for its tracking location practi…

2022-12-29
in force

On 29 December 2022, the Attorney General of Indiana announced a settlement of USD 20 million with …