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Google facing a lawsuit over Android location tracking

Google facing a lawsuit over Android location tracking - read the full textIt appears that Google are to suffer the same troublesome press as Apple have of late, thanks to the discovery of an Android based tracking system, not too dissimilar to the one recently brought to light on the iPhone 4. Two residents of Oakland County, Michigan in the US have taken Google Inc...

 

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> In reply to [deleted post]Android robot was killed by his loyalists and haters alike because it likes to intrude other's privacy and force the customers to keep on charging their handsets

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  • 2011-05-02 06:44
  • t}BQ

My Car has a GPS Nav system in it, dose that mean I get to sue Nissan. This is stupid in all honesty. Oh no my smart phone is recording information for my location-based apps that I've downloaded. Unless there is cold hard facts that both Google and Apple doing something with this information, there is no foul in my book. I really don't think any harm has been done. It's just dumb

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  • 2011-05-02 05:46
  • kgNJ

> In reply to Ryule @ 2011-05-02 02:08 from 3J21 - click to readI agree with @Ryule on this. Sorry to say this but almost 100% of lawsuits come from America. It seems to be part of your culture. I know what it feels like to be on the end of one of their lawsuits as I lost a job years ago when some Amercian company tried to sue the company I worked for. In the end it cost them so much to defend it they closed the doors a few months later. There are far more important things in life than to worry about being tracked.! I am sure you would be happy if your kid or family member etc went missing and the tracking information lead you to finding them. Think about that before you run off and shout foul?????

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  • 2011-05-02 05:33
  • uED}

If I'm not mistaken, android did give a warning before the user really confirm to turn on the tracking feature. So the problem always goes back to the user who doesn't read the manual before use the phone, or doesn't take initiative to learn & understand the gadget.

Since they are doing so...why don't those people sue the car manufacturer when they met car accident although it was caused by their reckless driving?

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  • 2011-05-02 05:29
  • veFm

> In reply to - click to read @ 2011-05-01 16:32 from va9b - click to readi completely agree to what you say dude...

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  • 2011-05-02 04:42
  • utP9

> In reply to Steve @ 2011-05-01 20:30 from Lg8t - click to readAre you sure that Nokia and RIM aren't doing the same thing? I'm not pretty sure. This is quite a privacy breach, but if we don't go to somewhere "not safe" why must we bothered with this?
This tracking technology could saves your live too, like when you are lost in the wood, or maybe to track "suspicious person"

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  • 2011-05-02 04:34
  • v049

> In reply to Get real! @ 2011-05-01 21:45 from 4nKV - click to readRight now there are plenty of location sensitive services, from movie suggestions to restaurant reviews, and other things.
For these services to know where they need to "be" they need to know how many potential users are in a given area, they don't need to know who these potential customers are.

The loss of privacy issue will depend on what info is collected, how it is collected, how it is kept.

I am waiting to see when Nokia will be thrown to the fire too.

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  • 2011-05-02 04:29
  • HB6Q

To bad google can hire some serious lawyer

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  • 2011-05-02 04:14
  • 7BB5

> In reply to Steve @ 2011-05-01 20:30 from Lg8t - click to readGoing for other smartphones is not a solution: my symbian based nokia does the same.
I don't understand how people want to have access to location sensitive info and services without their location being used...

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  • 2011-05-02 04:14
  • HB6Q

you know that lil icon on your home screen on any HTC device or any android device that shows your current location, date, time, and weather. well we now know how that is produced

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  • 2011-05-02 03:54
  • yVgU

Looks to me like people trying to get paid.

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  • 2011-05-02 03:29
  • 3sEp

well i dont know about you guys about this .. but i agree to the privacy of your usage.. i mean i feel so secure using android but with this im thinking twice

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  • 2011-05-02 03:18
  • vxt3

ouch..

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  • 2011-05-02 03:17
  • vxt3

its not a breach of privacy, when you start up an android based device for the first time during the setup it asks you for permission to have you location data tracked. you can freely accept or decline. it sounds like to me that there are many negligent users out there that simply over-looked this step. if you don't want them to track you just turn it off in the location& security section of settings. its as simply as that.

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  • 2011-05-02 02:57
  • 4hf2

LOL why do people get so mad about these things.
You all knew about this when they offered services to find your phone if lost, and when facebook and twitter want to locate you. Apple and Android allow these traces to happen but the user has to allow it first. People that are truely pissed should sell their smartphones and go back to a basic cell phone minus all data packages.

Wait ... that wont happen cuz that ain't the american way. What would they complain about if they used their heads? Someone should sue Apple cuz the white iphone is thicker than the black one and thats somehow racist. I think $100 million is a good starting point for emotional distress. Ridiculous. Hold on ... do you think GSMArena is tracking this posting?

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  • 2011-05-02 02:44
  • kxNV

> In reply to AMH @ 2011-05-01 20:53 from mE}a - click to readbut when you connect to sync software that can be collected easy. They can collect all anyway if they really want.

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  • 2011-05-02 02:26
  • 0pA$

Americans will sue for anything wont they? When will it stop.

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  • 2011-05-02 02:08
  • 3J21

> In reply to - click to read @ 2011-05-02 00:08 from P%nm - click to readkeeping celltowers and wifi hotspot data as a function of time literally means keeping your location data. Celltowers and wifi hotspot could be used to triangulate your location at a given time.

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  • 2011-05-02 02:03
  • tVwA

Well nothing is ever really safe these days, unrelated to phones, look what happen to the playstation network, they handled sensitive information like credit and pay pal info and they were hacked and that info "might" have been tampered with, if that could happen on a protected server by a billion dollar company, what chance does a consumer have? the question isn't is it possible, its really, why would someone go through that trouble?


lol if your some rich politician with nude pics of you cheating on your spouse and something lose, use a pay phone, for everyone else.... theres android

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  • 2011-05-02 02:00
  • q{wh

what's the point anyway for me not to want sending my location data to google ?? as if i am a mafia member or something. (of course not facebook mafia if u know wat i mean coz im a very big boss in that lol)
to me, i see bunch of guys don't kno wat to talk about and others don't konw wat to read about.
by the way galaxy s rox. i hope mr. samsungs daughter would find my path selection as very sexy that she would love to share it with me.

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  • 2011-05-02 01:26
  • fv@j

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