The court of the state of Arizona, United States sentenced Google to a fine of US $ 85 million or equivalent to ₦36,990,300,000.00 (NGN). This global digital giant company is considered guilty of illegally tracking user locations. The illegal meaning here is that Google, according to Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, is proven to still collect location data even though the user has turned off the feature.
The Arizona state lawsuit began in 2020. At that time, an Arizona court sued Google for illegal location tracking based on an investigative report conducted by the Associated Press (AP) in 2018.
The report, also complemented by various data and evidence from users, claims that Google has been proven to be collecting user location data secretly without the user’s consent.
Google of course had time to defend and say that tracking user data refers to the old Google policy, which is now claimed to have been replaced.
However, the company from Mountain View, California, United States (US), can’t avoid it because the evidence held by the court has concluded that Google is guilty.
Now, the Arizona court’s lawsuit led to a verdict that Google was found guilty and had to pay a fine of around ₦36,990,300,000.00 (NGN) or thirty-six billion nine hundred ninety million three hundred thousand naira.
That said, this figure is the largest fine that Google has to pay in history.
Responding to this court ruling, a spokesman for Google, Jose Castaneda, said his party was relieved that the case in the Arizona region had been completed. “We are happy that this problem has been resolved.
In the future, we will focus on presenting products that are useful for our users,” explained Castaneda, quoted by KompasTekno from Gizchina, Monday (10/10/2022). Although the affairs with the state of Arizona are completed, Google still seems to be haunted by various demands from a number of states in the US.
The reason is that the state courts of Indiana, Texas, and Washington DC are reportedly suing Google in their respective regions. Just like Arizona, these states demand that Google collects data on users living in the region discreetly, even when the location tracking feature is turned off.