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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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I don't see the point of this. It's not like anyone is going to stop using Android or Apple products based on the outcome of these lawsuits.

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  • 2011-05-01 15:49
  • BJ8}

mobile network can track u through ur simcard as well so why don't they sue thier mobile networks as well

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  • 2011-05-01 15:46
  • n5Pj

How dare they! not everybody takes not of the small print. They shouldn't be allowed to do this!

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  • 2011-05-01 15:46
  • M3s@

Oh dear iPhone Fanboys...

What most ppl don't understand, that there is a HUGE difference in letting the User choose if he want to be tracked like that or not... The Lawsuit against Google won't be successful, becuase they let you choose, they ask you at the beginning, every user who actually made a check on that note, is responsible for it. Apple just does it without asking and thats why they are vulnerable in that case. Of xourse there are some ppl out there who think they could get something out of sueing Android, but what can they really say against Google? I for myself unchecked that note and it was done, but I feel somehow sorry for those suers, because it is a big waste of time.

Please everybody, before you people comment, try to at least see the differences and actually that is such a huge differnce like a mouse to an elephant. I mean, what is the big problem with Apple and their lawsuit? They just did it and didn't even tell its users. Google asks you at the beginning of using your phone and you can still uncheck it afterwards. Ah and Google doesn't hide that checknote, it is actually really big over half of the screen, so what could people possibly say against that? Comeone, i wanna hear some stupid iPhonefanboys argument, come on out!

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  • 2011-05-01 15:46
  • Jxh2

> In reply to [deleted post]deserve what? deserve better than your IOS? deserve more user than IOS? deserve more device choice than only iPhone choice? deserve own Flash player better than IOS without it? dude ur a joker man...since u came here and making joke,I can feel how stress you are being apple fans that your beloved IOS keep pressing by android...

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  • 2011-05-01 15:39
  • wHSt

So which OS doesn't attack our privacy?! Symbian? Bada? Window Phone?
actually, nowadays, I don't trust any phone except those who don't have any connectivity or FW update features like nokia 3310

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  • 2011-05-01 15:30
  • Li56

The amount of Hypocrisy on these comments is staggering. Apple have been accused of the same thing, and hordes of Android Fanboys were quick to denounce the iphone, yet when the same thing is accused of their own OS, they accuse the users of being to blame for accepting the terms and conditions.

One rule for one, I suppose >:(

Remember that Google started out as a company that gathered information.

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  • 2011-05-01 15:17
  • sXD9

> In reply to mark @ 2011-05-01 14:19 from mqMt - click to readAgree!!!Only some people in this world have nothing else smarter to do then to try get as much money as they can but not working for it...

If this is something that has to do with Google Latitude then some people are even more stupid..or they didn't learn to read what will a certain app do...

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  • 2011-05-01 15:01
  • 3qRb

You buy a Google phone and what did you expect. They give the OS away for a reason to monitor your habit's and collect information about you and your life. So please stop with all this omg they can track me, like your life is so important and secret.

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  • 2011-05-01 15:01
  • Lh%H

I think people would just do anything to sue any big time corporation. Does it really matter that google knows where you are? No they dont hand it out to anybody. So dude's stop whining XXX

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  • 2011-05-01 14:47
  • 319v

sigh do these fools not realise its how a mobile works, what's next suing all the cell companies for knowing where your phone is.

On the brightside it has never been a better time to invest in tinfoil dont you just get the feeling the tinfoil hat market is going to take off

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  • 2011-05-01 14:41
  • 39Bf

are you serious a box comes up on the screen warning you that it will track your location. You dont have to use it. WHATS THE BIG DEAL I SWEAR YOU ONLY NEED TO TURN GPS OFF :L

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  • 2011-05-01 14:37
  • nF4G

one of those things, if you dont click to enable it. it wont work. its a bit like buying a car on finance. then having a crash and blaming the car maker.

your fault. stupid to ask for $50 million. like your going to actually get that much compo. but usa everyone sues everyone just looking at each other. stupid or wot!!.

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  • 2011-05-01 14:19
  • mqMt

"do we have an article presenting this alleged 'android location tracking system' and a way to replicate this on our personal phone?"

Yeah it's called "Latitude"

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  • 2011-05-01 14:11
  • 2CRh

Apple's location-gate scandal reaches South Park:

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  • 2011-05-01 14:05
  • 0xM5

> In reply to C.J.Sparrow @ 2011-05-01 12:13 from IkSm - click to readoops! i didnt know that. my life is over!

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  • 2011-05-01 13:55
  • wHRT

Copying the Iphone or not, android phones brings the best so far to end-user as far as mobile communication is concern. I suggest just you guys read the EULA first before ticking that option.

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  • 2011-05-01 13:48
  • vx0L

when you tick "use wireless networks" for locations services a msg comes up informing you (if you agree to use it) that it tracks you even when not in use!
the whole lawsuit is stupid.

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  • 2011-05-01 13:31
  • 0mwm

do we have an article presenting this alleged 'android location tracking system' and a way to replicate this on our personal phone?

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  • 2011-05-01 13:21
  • uEYh

> In reply to nick @ 2011-05-01 12:51 from nxwR - click to readim the same i accepted it cause i have nothing to hide at all.

and the fact that its all anonymous.

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  • 2011-05-01 13:18
  • M3s@

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