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Google Admits Creepy Off-Mode Location Tracking

At least one Google executive has admitted more than six months after the Associated Press reported that “many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store your location data even if you’ve turned off location tracking. During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Google Senior Privacy Counsel Will DeVries told lawmakers that “the processing of personal information is necessary to simply operate the service the user requested.” He added that “requiring” individuals to control data processing “can create a burdensome and complex experience that diverts attention from the most important controls without corresponding benefits.” In other words, user privacy is just too hard.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

A Google executive admitted during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday that Google tracks users’ phones — even when their location history is turned off.

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Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) questioned Google Senior Privacy Counsel Will DeVries about the company’s tracking policies during a hearing examining online consumer privacy. Some of DeVries’ answers will likely disturb consumers who thought there was a way to avoid being tracked by Google through their phones.

In his prepared remarks, DeVries told lawmakers that “the processing of personal information is necessary to simply operate the service the user requested.” He asserted that “requiring” individuals to control every aspect of data processing “can create a burdensome and complex experience that diverts attention from the most important controls without corresponding benefits,” and therefore a “specific consent or toggle” should not be required for every use of data.

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