Google probed in Australia for allegedly tracking phone users at their expense

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

While Google's initial response refuted numerous claims made by Quartz, and explained again and again how Google and Android handles sensitive location data, the letter to the FTC again uses the report as its main basis.

Blumenthal and Markey said they asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai for answers, but received a response that raised further questions about their "characterization of basic consumer protection terms".

"Based on our investigation and public reports on Location History, we have significant reservations about Google's failure to clearly account for how that location data is collected and used by the company", the senators wrote.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been approached by Oracle, and they have been informed that Google is unethically syphoning off data from Android users' phone, and spying on them.

"The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services", ACCC spokeswoman Geesche Jacobsen said.

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A fellow U.S. tech firm Oracle has reported that Google is prying on Australian mobile subscribers by not only tracking them but also collecting information related to a user's surfing patterns. This way, Google tracks Android users without using the phone's location service, the software company claims. "This set of options is inadequate and the confusing consent process is replicated throughout Android's various settings, where location privacy is often mischaracterized or subdivided so few users could effectuate their choice to opt-out of Google's location data gathering". Fortune further reports that "Oracle also said Android devices sent Google detailed information on people's searches and surfing".

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.

"We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the privacy commissioner". It falls back on using Google Play or Google Maps icon to ensure that it can evade detection.

A gig of data now costs about $3.60-$4.50 a month. According to Oracle, Google is able to get information as accurate as "which level of a shopping mall you are on" by using barometric pressure reading. Now, Google is being investigated for allegedly tracking Android phone users.

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