Google investigated for secret Australian data collection


United States tech firm, Oracle claims that Google is snooping on Australian mobile subscribers.

With the number of Android users in Australia around 10 million, if Google were to pay to collect their data, the price tag at current data costs would be somewhere between $432 and $540 million annually.

To the contrary of reports that a display mode that switches white user interface elements for black ones was supposedly in the works, then wasn't, we've found it in decent working order in the Android P beta.

Responding to the latest privacy concerns surrounding Google, a spokesman for the USA based search engine operator said the company has users' permission to collect data. 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, in its presentation made to the ACCC, has also revealed that Google can track Android devices through mapped IP addressed, mobile towers and Wi-Fi connections.

Google investigated for secret Australian data collection
Google investigated for secret Australian data collection

USA software company Oracle has always been involved in a dispute with Google over the infringed use of Oracle's Java intellectual property.

Google News presents stories so that you don't have to search for more information. The US reportedly intercepted and decrypted messages sent back to Google from mobile phones running on the company's Android operating system. "The initial approach is to ignore any potential breaches of privacy and, as we have now seen, when people notice, their approach is to ask for forgiveness". He said location sharing was opt in.

They believe users might also be unaware that with Bluetooth turned on, location data (including movement) is gathered from beacons, where these are in use.

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. Further, referring to My Account in the settings, it says that users have full control over their data and how it can be used.

"Google has an intimate understanding of personal lives as they watch their users seek the support of reproductive health services, engage in civic activities, or attend places of religious worship", the senators wrote. However, at the time, the search giant assured that they would soon end such practices.

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