Washington, D.C., sued Google on Monday, alleging the company had violated consumer protection laws with "bold misrepresentations" about its location tracking on Android phones and other privacy practices, according to an announcement from the district's Attorney General Karl Racine.
The suit is the latest fallout from a 2018 report in the Associated Press that showed Google continued collecting sensitive information about users' locations even when they specifically opted out of a setting called "Location History."
Arizona sued Google in 2020 over the practices. Now, the attorneys general in Texas, Indiana and Washington state will also sue Google in their state courts, according to Racine's office. Texas is also leading a multistate antitrust lawsuit in federal court against Google that focuses on the company's position in the online ads market.
Racine, who is seeking a court order that would stop Google's practices and force the company to disgorge the profits from its actions, focuses on Google's habit of collecting location information from users' phones through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and other apps, even when consumers turned off the location setting.
The lawsuit also alleges that "Google manipulates its users through deceptive design choices that alter user decision-making."
Google has previously argued Arizona "mischaracterized" the company's data collection practices.