Google Faces Australian Inquiry Over User Data Harvesting Concerns With Android

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Transferring this information to Google means the use of gigabytes of data paid by consumers in the form of data packages from telecommunication service providers. Oracle also found that Google could also be gathering round 1GB of person data monthly.

Previous year similar claims were made about Android smartphones in a Quartz report, including the idea that user location was being relayed to Google even when location services were turned off.

The Australian investigations are set to focus on allegations made by Oracle Corp in a report provided as part of an Australian review into the impact that Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, and Facebook have on the advertising market.

Google has been accused by software giant Oracle of exfiltrating up 1GB of data from Android phones every month without the explicit consent of users.

According to experts from Oracle, Google collected this data to help advertisers.

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Since Google has mapped the IP addresses, wifi connection points and mobile towers, it can get the information about where a device is connecting or is attempting to connect.

"We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the Privacy Commissioner", the ACCC said in a statement.

However, many devs doubt that the feature will still be available when the final version of Android P arrives. Then, by using this data with your coordinates, the search giant can know the shops you visited.

Google and Oracle have always been engaged in a range of legal battles, and now, the latest iteration is playing out in Australia, where Oracle has successfully convinced competition and privacy regulators to look into how Google allegedly tracks its Android phone users.

"The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals' locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy", the Quartz report says. Some might say that Google ended up copying the gestures of the iPhone X, but they are going to be accompanied by the latest software update for you to try out. Oracle has also stated that smartphones also send out information about the specific location even if the site services are switched off.

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