Google was fined N320 Billion Naira after admitted to spying on Android users
It took 4 whole years and more than one court session to force Google to recognize the surveillance of Android mobile device owners. The corporation was caught in a “hot” back in 2018, when the Associated Press investigation clearly demonstrated that Google continues to collect confidential data, even if the owner of the gadget refused to do so.
For example, the owner of an Android smartphone can prohibit or allow branded services like Google Maps to collect information about their geolocation. Opposite the desired item in the settings, he sets “never”. It would seem that the necessary setting is there, its parameter is set, you don’t have to worry about the safety of the data.
In fact, the operating system used to be absolutely indifferent to what the user set in the settings. Location information was sent to Google servers anyway. All sorts of data leaked to Google from everywhere, including even the weather app.
Given the huge staff of Google lawyers, it was not so easy to prove the corporation’s guilt. But under the pressure of irrefutable evidence, Google finally gave in, on November 15, 2022, the company pleaded guilty and agreed to pay a huge fine of $ 400,000,000 in claims from 40 US states .. It is unlikely that he will force Google to completely abandon tracking users, but, as at least make the corporation stop doing it so brazenly.