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Although Google is concerned about user privacy in its latest version of Android, the company once made it difficult for Android users to hide their location data. According to newly discovered documents, the Mountain View giant has been collecting data before. Even if they turn off location sharing of the device, location tracking can be performed, and surprisingly, many company executives and engineers know this.

Last year, the Arizona Attorney General sued Google for “misleading” location tracking on Android devices. Arizona State University argued that even if users choose not to share their location data, Google will continue to track the user’s location and profit from it. Basically, the company misled users and disabling location tracking was enough to hide their location data from Google.

At a recent litigation hearing, Arizona AG submitted several unfinished documents that revealed more details about how Google handles location data. According to the document, Google once made it impossible for users to hide their location data and hide privacy. Settings in the depths of the mobile operating system. In addition, he also encouraged LG and other smartphone manufacturers to do the same.

Even some Google employees responsible for location services don’t fully understand how Android’s privacy settings work. Jack Menzel, the former vice president of Google Maps, admitted that users can only hide their location by randomly setting home and work addresses to allow Google to avoid them. In addition, Google has forced users to share their location data in order to use certain third-party applications.

One of the employees stated that it would be impossible to provide your location data to third-party applications without submitting this data to Google. In addition, the document states that when Google tests allow users to easily find the Android version of privacy settings, the company considers this to be a “problem.” To this end, Google has moved the settings for location sharing and data protection to the settings menu.

Speaking to The Verge about the ongoing lawsuit, Google wrote in an email that the Arizona AG “and our competitors driving this lawsuit have gone out of their way to mischaracterize our services. We have always built privacy features into our products and provided robust controls for location data. We look forward to setting the record straight.”

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