Google Must Face Claims on Third-Party Data Access
Disgruntled Android users may advance claims that Google collected and distributed their personal data, a federal judge ruled.
Consolidated last year in San Francisco, the class action claims that Google “gained and allowed third parties to have unauthorized access to, and engaged in unauthorized use of” mobile devices that used the Android operating system.
Applications such as Foursquare, Groupon, Advanced Task Killer, Angry Birds and Pandora allegedly “collected personal data from their Android mobile phones and shared this data with” Google.
Users say they were “unaware of and did not knowingly consent to collection of the data,” which included “class members’ home and workplace locations and current whereabouts; several universally unique device identifiers assigned to plaintiffs’ Android mobile phones; other device-specific data that was useful to Google and third parties for purposes of ‘device-fingerprinting’ (i.e., the creation of a back-up unique identifier to engage in tracking of a particular device); along with personal information about plaintiffs such as their gender and age, what functions plaintiffs performed on apps, search terms entered, and selections of movies, songs, or restaurants.”
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