Google under investigation in Australia for data collection via Android devices

Google using Australians' mobile data to spy on them: claim

According to reports: "Google has mapped IP addresses, Wi-Fi connection points, and mobile towers". "The types and quantity of such data that a user's device transmits would depend on the products or services they use.in some cases a user's settings", it added.

That information could have been used by Google to determine the location of the devices even if location-determining features like Global Positioning System were disabled in the phone's settings.

We discussed Google's utter disregard for your privacy in numerous announcements seen at I/O 2018 keynote, on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. All this information it shares with the advertisers to report how online ads have helped in increasing store visits.

However, beaming that much data back to Google costs gigabytes of mobile data that customers have unknowingly have been unknowingly paying for thinking that it reflects their data usage.

Industry analysts estimate there are more than 10 million Android users in Australia.

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While the allegations are not new and they first appeared in November of a year ago, the whistleblower remained unknown then.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (or ACCC) is Australia's equivalent of the FTC in the United States, regulating business practices to protect the consumer and promoting healthy competition among businesses. The ACCC is particularly concerned that digital platforms like Google and Facebook have tremendous influence on the advertising market.

Australian Privacy Foundation's head David Vaile noted that many mobile plans offer customers a few gigabytes of mobile data.

The report said the inability to turn off the location services in Android poses a risk for individuals who want to hide their location for security purposes, like law enforcement officials and victims of domestic abuse. According to him, "The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services".

Google has never hidden the fact that they are tracking your location, you can see your location history in Maps by going to "My Timeline". All it takes to expose users to data collection, say the letter's authors, is to allow an "ambiguously described feature" once and then it is silently enabled across all signed-in devices without an expiration date.

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