Did Google collect user’s location without consent?

Cyber Security, GDPR

Google is accused of violating European Data Protection Laws (GDPR) by a group of seven consumer organisations.

They have blamed Google of tracking user’s location by using unscrupulous techniques which forces them to google tracking system.

In a complaint to local authorities, the group says there are complexities and lack of limpidity when setting up a google account on the Android device, hidden settings and manipulation are contributing in this cause.

These consumer group organisations are members of BEUC an umbrella group that advocates and lobbies for European consumer groups in Brussels.

In a statement Monique Goyens, director general of the European Consumer Organisation said “’Google’s data hunger is notorious, but the scale with which it deceives its users to track and monetise their every move is breathtaking,”

“Google is not respecting fundamental GDPR principles, such as the obligation to use data in a lawful, fair and transparent manner.”

In response, Google spokesperson said ‘Location history is turned off by default, and you can edit, delete, or pause it at any time.’

‘We’re constantly working to improve our controls, and we’ll be reading this report closely to see if there are things, we can take on board.’

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