Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against State Health Dept for Secretly Installing Google Covid Tracing App on Phones

By B.N. Frank

Earlier this week, Google settled its “Location History” lawsuit with 40 states’ attorneys general.  Today the company is being sued for more covert data collection along with the Massachusetts Department of Health.

From Reclaim the Net:

Google is sued for auto-installing Covid “spyware” on people’s phones

Users woke up to find Covid tracing tech on their device without their consent.

By Didi Rankovic

A class action lawsuit has been filed against the US state of Massachusetts for what the plaintiffs claim is a case of covert mass surveillance carried out via “Covid spyware” installed on over one million phones.

The complaint asks for declaratory and injunctive relief (a bid to legally compel the defendants to fulfill their mandatory duties) and nominative damages, and was filed on November 14, 2022, by the New Civil Liberties Alliance (NCLA) non-profit.

We obtained a copy of the complaint for you here.

It names the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) and Commissioner Margret Cooke as the defendants.

The US District Court for the District of Massachusetts will consider the case.

The complaint consists of nine counts against the DPH, citing violations of Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights (protections against unlawful searches, and rights pertaining to criminal and civil legal proceedings).

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