Two Michigan women sue Google over Android data location collection

Two Michigan women sue Google over Android data location collectionTwo residents of Oakland County, Michigan, filed a lawsuit against Google over issue of tracking of Android owners' locations.

Filed in the U. S. District Court in Detroit on behalf of plaintiffs Julie Brown and Kayla Molaski, the lawsuit claims that Android-based devices secretly collected data about their locations.

The $50 million lawsuit seeks to prevent the Internet search giant from selling handsets with software that can track the users' locations.

Steven Budaj, lawyer for Julie Brown and Kayla Molaski said that the location-tracking software exposes users to serious risks of privacy invasions.

Google did not respond to a request to comment on the lawsuit.

Last week, Google itself admitted that it gathered location data such as GPS location, timestamps, nearby Wi-Fi network, as well as device IDs from Android-based devices. But, the company stressed that it was not traceable to a particular individual.

Android users can disable the GPS feature, but then they will not be able to get all the benefits of location-based services such as maps.

Meanwhile two U. S. senators, Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), confirmed on Thursday that representatives from Google and Apple would testify at a next month's Congressional hearing on consumer privacy and smartphones.

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