(Reuters) – Alphabet Inc.'s Google records what people are doing on hundreds of thousands of mobile apps even as they follow the company's recommended settings to stop such monitoring, a class-seeking lawsuit filed on Tuesday.  The privacy statement is the second in as many months submitted to Google by the law firm Boies Schiller Flexner for a handful of individual consumers. The company's customers have also included Google's competitors such as Facebook Inc and Oracle Corp.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the application.
The new lawsuit in a U.S. district court in San Jose accuses Google of violating federal wiretap laws and California privacy laws by logging in to what users are watching in news, hauliers, and other types of apps even though they have disabled tracking. "Web & App Activity" in their Google Account settings.
data collection is via Google's Firebase, a set of software popular with app makers to store data, deliver notifications and ads, and track glitches and clicks. Firebase usually works inside apps invisible to consumers.
"Even if consumers follow Google's own instructions and turn off" Web & App Activity "tracking on their" Privacy Checks ", Google still continues to capture consumers' app usage and app search communications and personal information," the lawsuit claims.
Google uses certain Firebase information to improve its products and customize ads and other content for consumers, according to the lawsuit.
Reuters reported in March that US antitrust investigators are investigating whether Google has illegally stifled competition in advertising and other businesses by inevitably streamlining Firebase. [1