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Is Google tracking you as you move around the internet, even if you’ve opted out of data collection?
A lawsuit filed in California is making that claim. The issues are complicated, but one thing seems clear: The suit highlights the sprawling nature of Google’s business, and how hard it is for consumers to understand all the ways the company can collect and use their personal data.
The lawsuit was filed in federal court in San Jose, Calif., on behalf of two consumers, but it asks for class action status that could allow many more plaintiffs to join the suit.
If you’ve got a Google account, you can use a privacy setting called Web & App Activity to tell the company not to collect and use information it gathers from your searches, web browsing, and other sources. The setting was