A few days ago, at their annual Google I / O event, Mountain View praised their progress in terms of confidentiality and data protection with the presentation of Android 12. However, this latest demonstration seems to be just the tree that the forest.
Business Insider just got hold of documents as part of Google’s lawsuit in Arizona that demonstrate Google’s efforts to make location settings on Android more difficult to find. A possibility for GAFA to continue to collect as much user data as possible in order to continuously feed its advertising platform. Advertising, which, as we recall, makes up a large part of the company’s revenue.
Google always accesses user data
The American media explains that Google would have chosen to hide the location parameters by seeing an increase in deactivation when they are more accessible. Android is perhaps the most widely used operating system in the world, but if a large number of users disable location and other privacy settings, Google’s business model is immediately at risk.
Inspired by the controversial practice of dark patterns, Google would have tried to make its settings less accessible so that users would not deactivate certain functions that are important for society.
Attorneys for the state of Arizona also report through these documents that Google has succeeded in putting pressure on certain manufacturers such as LG to bury location parameters deep in their devices.
Coupled with these numerous attempts to hide location settings, the documents show that Google was able to collect personal data even though the settings were disabled. Then why did Mountain View go to so much trouble to make their privacy settings inaccessible?