As reported by Law360 (subscription), a California federal judge has granted preliminary approval to a proposed $62 million settlement in a class action lawsuit brought by Lieff Cabraser on behalf of Android and iPhone users’ accusing Google of tracking their movements and activities without their consent. The suit claims that Google tracks users’ location data even after they’ve activated privacy settings meant to stop such tracking.
As part of the proposed settlement, Google has agreed to automatically delete location information by default after 18 months for users enabling specific settings for the first time. Users will also have the option to set their own auto-delete timeframes. Additionally, Google has committed to not sharing users’ exact location data with third parties, and will maintain a “Location Technologies Page” to detail its location tracking methods.
The proposed class of Android and iPhone users is represented by Lieff Cabraser attorneys Michael Sobol, Melissa Gardner, Michael Levin-Gesundheit, Michael Sheen, Jallé Dafa, John Maher, and Nicholas Diamand, as well as co-counsel from Ahdoot & Wolfson PC.
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Learn more about the Google Tracking Complaints lawsuit.
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Lieff Cabraser’s Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group is a nationally and internationally-recognized leader in safeguarding people’s privacy against the pervasive and often hidden ways digital technology intrudes into and affects our daily lives. The group has a proven track record of successfully taking-on the powerhouses of Big Data and social media, and making the online ecosystem safer and more just. The Privacy & Cybersecurity practice group’s honors include the National Law Journal’s 2019 Elite Trial Lawyers award for privacy and data breach litigation, and Law360’s 2017 Data Privacy Practice Group of the Year.