New lawsuit against Google for alleged spying on users
The Austrian lawyer and activist Max Schrems presented a lawsuit against Google considering that the company non-consensually monitors 300 million Android users in the European Union (EU).
The lawsuit, made by None of Your Business (Noyb), an NGO led by Schrems, urges the French authorities to initiate an investigation against these “illegal operations” to force the American giant to comply with the data protection laws of the EU.
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The phones Android, like those of Apple, generate a unique code (the AAID) with which they identify each of their users and monitor their behavior, from downloads and most used applications to the areas of the screen that he touches at all times. They have access to this identifier Google, which, according to demand, analyzes user behavior to identify consumer preferences and place personalized ads.
Schrems considers that GoogleFurthermore, it not only generates the AAID without the user’s consent, but rather prevents them from deleting it as even a reboot does not delete the collected data or stop subsequent monitoring.
“The AAID is like a colored powder that you have on your feet and hands, it makes every movement you make can be seen in the mobile phone ecosystem. Also, you can’t get rid of it, just change its color“, explained in a statement the data protection lawyer of Noyb, Stefano Rossetti.
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According to the european law, companies can generate and use this type of codes identifiers, as long as the user is notified in advance and he gives his consent.
The reason why the activists have decided to file the demand in France It is because the country has a legal system with greater coverage and its privacy regulatory body can make decisions without the need to cooperate with other authorities of the EU.
Last november Noyb yes demanded a Apple For this same reason and, despite the fact that the case is still under the supervision of the regulatory authorities, the American company notified that, with regard to its new operating system (iOS14), it will ask users for the first time if they want to have a monitoring code or not.
Schrems has been fighting for years tech giants to ensure the privacy of users. At the time, a complaint from him caused the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) to invalidate the agreement for the automatic transfer of data from European citizens to the United States.
🔴 We filed a complaint against Google: The Android Advertising Identifier (AAID) allows Google and all apps on the phone to track a user and combine information about online and mobile behaviour. https://t.co/NA8RVudSeo
– noyb (@NOYBeu) April 7, 2021
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* With information from EFE