Google under investigation in Australia for data collection via Android devices

  • Google under investigation in Australia for data collection via Android devices

Google under investigation in Australia for data collection via Android devices

So, Google's data collection is very costly to consumers.

Just when the world was trying to get over Facebook's Cambridge Analytica controversy, there is another scandal waiting to blow up. A Google spokesperson had denied the alleged misuse of information, mentioning that the "location-data-harvesting system was separate from that one, being focused on messaging services", as reported by Fortune. Oracle also found that Google could also be gathering round 1GB of person data monthly. You will have to explicitly allow this automation to take place the first time, but onwards, the device will do this it on its own.

The technology giant Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting data from millions of Android smartphone users.

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.

In Australia, 10 million people use an Android phone, which is almost half of the population. A different report estimated that Google tracking would generate more than 23,000 pages of data about a user every two weeks.

The regulator has reportedly met with the report's author to learn more about how Google services impact customers' privacy and finances.

Google's privacy policy states that they save "When you search for a restaurant on Google Maps or watch a video on YouTube, for example, we process information about that activity - including information like the video you watched, device IDs, IP addresses, cookie data, and location".

Facebook is not the only company whose user data policies have captured the attention of a government agency.

According to a report by The Guardian, the Australian watchdog, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) was looking into the claims made by the software company Oracle that Android devices send detailed information on searches, what is being viewed, and the location data to Google even when the location services are turned off and there is no SIM card in the device.

Although Google insists that data tracking is lawful when done with the permission of mobile users, data privacy advocates are uncertain if it's being made clear enough to Android users that it includes their mobile devices as well - leaving open the question of how valid that consent is.