Lake Worth couple joins lawsuit against Google over Android privacy

WEST PALM BEACH — A Lake Worth couple has joined hundreds across the country in filing a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Google Inc., claiming the Internet giant invaded their privacy by allowing them to be tracked through its Android phone.

In the lawsuit filed last week in U.S. District Court, James and Jessica Jefferys claim the company promised to protect their privacy and then secretly tracked and recorded their movements. The suit is one of several nationwide filed against Google and Applen, said attorney Brian Smith, who represents the Jefferys.

The same claims are being made against Apple in connection with its iPhone.

While Google officials weren't immediately available for comment, they have said phone users can turn off the GPS tracking device and, even if they don't, none of the information can be linked to a specific person. Smith, who is seeking class-action status for the suit, disputed that contention.

Because many lawsuits have been filed over the tracking issue, it is likely all will be tried in one place, he said.

Reported by The Palm Beach Post