Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting customer data

Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting customer data

Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting customer data

Oracle investigators found that Google's parent company, Alphabet, secretly tracks users' web searches and their mobile phones locations if they use an Android smartphone.

Transferring that information to Google means using up gigabytes of data that consumers have paid for under data packages purchased from local telecom service providers, according to the Oracle report.

In the event, new features of Google Maps were also unveiled and will be rolling out these coming months both on Android and iOS.

The report worked out the cost of the data by calculating that one GB of data costs between $3.60 and $4.50 and multiplying that by 10 million, the number of Australians who own Android phones. Oracle has now openly reported the matter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which is investigating the case. Despite this, users should still trust the Play Store but by following some basic safety tips, they can help reduce the chances of downloading a rogue app. Google notes, "With Location History off, the places you go are no longer stored".

They cited a Quartz report in November that showed the company collects location information from Android users even when they have turned off location services, haven't used any apps or even inserted a SIM card.

Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting customer data

The ACCC begin its investigation into Google, Facebook and other digital platform's user data use in December 2017. With it, the phone can determine how you're using apps (and not using apps), then properly manage battery life according to the actual stats.

Google said it was collecting phones' nearest cell tower locations because that would let it deliver messages faster; it denied retaining that location, and later disabled the "service".

Wear OS Phone has a feature called Quick Replies that allows you to reply to a call using SMS, much like you can now do on your Android phone. Any restrictions on the types of data Google can collect or the way in which that data can be utilized could be consequential to its business. The process of subscribing will use a user's Google account, and the payment information they already have on file.

"I am keenly aware that our first interaction with Google's redesigned navigation scheme comes as an opt-in toggle inside a developer beta, and that this is all subject to change - significantly".

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