Unedited documents in Arizona’s lawsuit against Google show that company executives and engineers knew the search giant had made it difficult for smartphone users to keep location data private, Insider reported.
The documents suggest that Google collected location data even after users turned off location sharing, making it difficult for users to find privacy settings. Insider also reports that the documents show that Google pressured phone manufacturers to keep privacy settings hidden because the settings were popular with users.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich filed a lawsuit against Google last May, alleging that the company had illegally tracked Android users’ location without their consent, even if users turned off location tracking. The lawsuit suggested that Google allowed location tracking to run in the background for some features, only ending the practice when users turned off system-level tracking.
The unedited documents reveal that a Google employee asked if there was “no way to give a third-party app your location and not Google?” adding that it did not sound like something the company said the media would like to disclose to the media Insider.
Google spokesman José Castañeda said in an email The edge that Brnovich “and our competitors driving this lawsuit have done their utmost to misrepresent our services. We have always built privacy features into our products and provide robust controls for location data. We look forward to setting the record straight. “
Update May 29, 8:11 PM ET: Added statement from Google spokesperson