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Google Faces $50 Million Fine for Android Tracking Data

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And another one falls.

As the scandal around Apple's iPhone tracking intensifies with a possible class action suit, congressional inquiries, and a less-than-apologetic press release, another was bound to take a tumble. Naturally, it was the company that's no stranger to accusations of privacy violations and Apple's chiefest competitor: Google.

Bloomberg reports, similar to the Apple lawsuit, two Android users are claiming Google unlawfully tracked their whereabouts and stored location data from their HTC Inspire 4G phones. The suit, filed in a Detroit federal court on April 27, said Google logged their location "just as if by a tracking device for which a court-ordered warrant would ordinarily be required" -- echoing the rhetoric in the Apple case.

The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for the suit and up to $50 million in damages. In addition, they hope for a court order that prohibits Google from tracking Android users.

Clearly, the issue is bigger than just Apple and Google. With this second case, we may see identical suits filed against other tech giants.

Microsoft -- which asserted it didn't track users then admitted to it -- just might be next.

(See also: Apple's iPhone Tracking Now a Legal Matter and Apple Remains Boldly Arrogant in iPhone Tracking Press Release)

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