Consumer groups of Seven European Union countries EU have filed GDPR complaint against Google location tracking. Google has charged under Europe’s new GDPR privacy violations laws. Each of the groups is the member of European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) claims that Google’s “deceptive practices” on location tracking don’t provide users with a real choice whether to enable the option. And also Google does not inform them about the tracking entails.
The second thing is the “Web and App Activity,” that is enabled by default must be turned off to prevent from the GPS tracking. The BEUC said that Google uses deceptive practices to get users to turn on both the options and does not tell users about the activity, as they are not giving authority to users.
Responding to the charges against Google, the company said Location History is turned off by default which makes it clear that disabling them won’t stop all location tracking. Google further said that they will check the reports to see that if it contains any information that needs to be corrected the company will do so.
Moreover, Google is not the only tech giant to face major GDPR complaint, At the start of this year, Irish data privacy commissioner announced they would be checking Facebook over Security Breach which affected 29 million accounts on Facebook. Because of this incident a new GDPR privacy violations policy enacted in May, the legislation is still untested in courts if it becomes successful then Google probably will liable to pay a fine of up to four percent of its global revenues.
It would be over $4 billion based on its 2017 filings, one thing to be mentioned the European consumer groups includes the Netherlands, Poland, Czech Republic, Greece, Slovenia, Sweden, and Norway.