employees admit in lawsuit that the company made it nearly impossible for users to keep their location private:

They even pressured OEMs to "bury" such settings, and kept their own employees in the dark: "Even Google execs and employees in charge of location data were confused about how privacy settings worked."

Is that what they call "improving" of their users?


> When Google tested versions of its #Android operating system that made #privacy settings easier to find, users took advantage of them, which #Google viewed as a "problem," according to the documents. To solve that problem, Google then sought to bury those settings deeper within the settings menu.

But like those cookie banners that hide all options except for “accept all”.

It does kind of work, but only as long as you have a captive audience.

@0 @IzzyOnDroid In the past when I sometimes worked on proprietary things I heard that phrase before. "We will bury the opt-out in menus".

@IzzyOnDroid Not that Apple is a good company, but I made the right choice switching to iPhone last summer and then using apple maps whenever possible.

@avolkov I'm using LineageOS and OsmAnd – right choice for me 😉

@IzzyOnDroid A surveillance capitalist like Google improving the privacy of their users is like a factory farm improving the welfare of its livestock.

@aral "If you get a product for free, you are not the customer. You are the product. The rancher isn't in business for the cattle." (quoted from Eric Ries as cited in "Google Now: Trading Your Privacy For The Future", 2/2013; see for full text).

@Dashtop this was not about files, but how Google processes your location data (even if you tell them not to).

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