Two Android phone users prosecuted Google Inc. over alleges their phones in secret recorded and stored data concerning their movements.
Their HTC Inspire 4G phones, which utilize Android Operating System of Google, track their whereabouts “just as if by a tracking device for which a court-ordered warrant would ordinarily be required,” according to the two residents in Oakland County in Michigan in a complaint filed April 27 in federal court in Detroit.
The claimants seek to symbolize other Android phone users in a class-action proceeding, with a minimum of $50 million in damages and a court order obliging Google to stop tracking its products’ users
Over the collection of data on smart phones, Google and Apple Inc. are facing inspection from consumers and lawmakers over. Together companies have decided to confirm at a May 10, Senate hearing concerning consumer privacy on mobile gadgets.
A spokesperson for Mountain View, California-based Google, Chris Gaither, refused to remark on the complaint.
On April 27 Gaither had said in an email concerning lawmakers concern over data collection, “We provide users with notice and control over the collection, sharing and use of location. Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user.”
The case is Julie Brown v. Google, 11-11867, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (Detroit).
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