Arizona sues Google, alleges continued digital location tracking after users opt out: 5 details

Arizona is accusing Google of violating the state's privacy laws by continuing to collect digital location information from smartphones even after users opted out, according to a report from The Washington Post.

Five things to know:

1. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich sued the tech giant, alleging the company continued to track Android smartphone users through certain apps, including the maps and weather apps, after users disabled location tracking.

2. There is a second setting that Google requires users to disable to prevent digital location tracking, according to the lawsuit, which The Washington Post described as a "hard-to-find."

3. The lawsuit is heavily redacted, but also states that Google changed its default tracking settings without informing users. Google then used the data for targeted ads, according to the report, and Arizona aims to require Google to pay back profits it gained with the tracking data.

4. Other states also may file complaints against Google in the coming months for violating antitrust laws, according to the report.

5. Google recently partnered with Apple to launch a contact tracing API that states can incorporate into their apps. The API is billed as being "opt-in" and the tech giants report that apps built with the API won't be able to use GPS data that pinpoints user location.

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