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The six examples form the backbone of a report from the European Consumer Organization (BEUC) that alleges Google has broken the EU’s strict GDPR regulations by using “deceptive practices” to trick users into enabling its location tracking services. As BEUC wrote in a blog post:
Location data can reveal a lot about people, including religious beliefs (going to places of worship), political leanings (going to demonstrations), health conditions (regular hospital visits) and sexual orientation (visiting certain bars).
The report shows that Google uses various tricks and practices to ensure users enable these tracking features and does not give them straightforward information about what this effectively entails.
BEUC says these are the six main ways Google tricks its users:
- Hidden default settings: When setting up a Google account, the actual account settings are hidden behind extra clicks. Users first have to click “More options” to see what the settings are, and whether they are enabled or disabled. Web & App Activity is enabled by default, meaning that users who did not click “More options” will not be aware that this data collection is happening.
- Misleading and unbalanced information: Whenever the Location History and Web & App Activity settings are presented to …read more