Google Secretly Collects Massive Quantities Of User Personal Information, Latest Class Action Claims
A latest class action lawsuit is calling out Google’s alleged continued massive surveillance of its users for years. It has continued to violate different privacy statutes amidst settling disputes with authorities concerning their alleged malicious actions.
Google Hid Data Collection From Users
The search engine behemoth is facing a new class action challenge filed by complainant Salvatore Toronto in a federal court located in California.
In the filing, he argued that Google has made deceptive and misleading assurances to its customers that it does not engage in collecting personal data and information.
They also declared that they do not sell consumer information to any third-party company. Yet, these pronouncements are being challenged by Toronto and his class action in court.
The plaintiff even compared the company’s actions as something similar to what happened in George Orwell’s 1984 dystopian novel.
The Secret Way Google Sold User Data
The class action lawsuit attempted to expose Google’s alleged malicious means in selling their users’ information. Allegedly, Google actually shared and sold sensitive private information to different companies via a system called a Real-Time Bidding auction system or RTB.
Toronto argued that information exchange occurred between Google and third-party companies. The act is equivalent to the sale and profiteering of customers’ personal information. Thus, this allegedly transgressed the company’s express contract with its customers, in this case, Google users.
Data allegedly sold to companies range from a user’s web browsing activity to geographic location information. It is reported that many groups have gotten a hold of these troves of information, including the government, corporations, and large hedge funds.
This all happened for years in which millions of Google users were left in the dark of the reality that was happening behind the scenes. Toronto argued that he and countless other individuals were not given information that their personal information is secretly sold to companies under their noses.
In fact, it is worth noting that Google has already paid several regulators all over the globe, including in the United States, to quash allegations of illegal behavior concerning their efforts to profit from their users’ information without seeking their prior approval.
Class Action Takeaways
The latest class action involving Google’s allegedly illegal Bidstream processes seeks to form a Nationwide Class covering all Google users and account owners in the country whose private information was sold to third parties without their prior express permission.
Plaintiff Toronto is leading the charges against the technology company that they violated several laws and breached their contract with their users.
Editor’s Note on Google Data Collection Class Action Lawsuit 2021:
This news article features the latest class action lawsuit filed in court against Google questioning their allegedly illegal means of collecting and selling user data to third-party entities.
Case Name(s) & No.(s): Toronto et al. v. Google, LLC; Case No. 5:21-cv-03725
Jurisdiction: United States District Court for the Northern District of California San Jose Division
Products/Services Involved: Google services
Allegation(s): Google is behind massive efforts to stealthily collect and sell user information gathered from its millions of users without their express consent.
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