Arizona judge says Google lawsuit documents cannot remain secret

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AMaricopa County Superior Court judge denied a motion of continuance by Google that documents related to a lawsuit by an Arizona prosecutor against the tech giant about users’ location data should be made available to the public.

The decision by Judge Timothy J. Thomason on Thursday came in response to a May 27 lawsuit against Google for deceptive and unfair practices used to obtain users’ location data, claiming the company exploited the information for its advertising business.

The lawsuit, filed under the state’s Consumer Fraud Act, was an effort by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to stop Google’s collection of user data and retain “monetary relief up to and including forcing Google to disgorge gross receipts arising from its Arizona activities.”