Google Australia Under Investigation for Stealing User Data !!!
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the country's other privacy Commissioner are investigating Google regarding the claims that it collects user data from Android smartphones. The allegations are -
* Google is reportedly collecting around 1GB of data per month from Android devices in Australia, containing detailed location data.
This comes after US-based software company Oracle apparently discovered that Google may be collecting around 1GB of user data per month from Android phones in Australia.
This reportedly includes location information, even where location services are turned off, with no apps installed, and where no SIM card is inserted. Google has mapped IP addresses, Wi-Fi connection points, and mobile towers, which allow it to know where a device is connecting or attempting to connect without using the phone’s location service.
The report is part of a larger review of Google's impact on the advertising market.
Consumers pay for gigabytes of data that Google uses up. Google is allegedly using up these gigabytes of data for transferring user information from Android phones and users end up paying for that to their telecom operators in the form of data packages.
However, a Google spokesman said the company has users' permission to collect data. Responding to the privacy concern, the spokesperson said, "Any charges for transmission of data over a cellular connection would be governed by a user's mobile carrier plan. The types and quantity of such data that a user's device transmits would depend on the products or services they use."
"If Google is harvesting gigabytes of data, it is a very real cost to consumers," said David Vaile, chairman of the Australian Privacy Foundation. On the other hand, Australian telcos are seeking confirmation from Google on the accusation. "We are aware of the reports and have asked Google to advise whether they are accurate," a spokesman for Australia's biggest telecom company Telstra said.
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