Brnovich to investigate cell phone tracking

By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times

Saying consumer privacy is being invaded, state Attorney General Mark Brnovich has launched an inquiry into whether a major tech firm is violating the rights of Arizona residents by tracking their movements and activities through their cell phones – even after the users think they’ve told the company to stop.

In what appears to be the first such move in the country, Brnovich’s office has awarded a contract to a Washington, D.C. law firm to investigate how this company stores consumer location data through smartphone operating systems “even when consumers turn off ‘location services’ and take other steps to stop such tracking.” A copy of the contract was obtained by Capitol Media Services.

The part of the contract listing the firm to be investigated is redacted.

But the contract was signed just a week after the Associated Press reported that Google was tracking users’ location even after people turned off the “location history” option on their cell phones and tablets with the Google-created Android operating system.

Brnovich declined to confirm that the target is Google.

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