Google Accused of Harvesting Data from Millions of Australian Android Users


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

AUSTRALIANS ARE reportedly "paying for the privilege" of having their data harvested by Google.

Like the USA senators, Australian regulators question whether consumers have given valid consent for the extent of Google's information collection.

Responding to the latest privacy concerns surrounding Google, a spokesman for the US based search engine operator said the company has users' permission to collect data.

Meanwhile the cost of transferring this data is being directly deducted from consumers' data plans operated by local service providers.

Vaile added that whilst Google is slowly getting better at not taking the proverbial, it is still a "mosaic" of permissions and rights that don't represent a clear-cut offering to consumers concerned about their privacy.

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

Enclosed with the senators' letter was previous correspondence conducted with Google about a separate privacy flaw reported by Quartz in 2017.

The company gets detailed information about people's searches on the internet and their location if they have an Android phone - the Google mobile operating system. Further, the expert said that both of the tech firms are skilled in manipulating and using the legalities in their favor.

'Bringing Google services into Volvo cars will accelerate innovation in connectivity and boost our development in applications and connected services, ' said Henrik Green, head of research at Volvo. Google contends that they do not give out information that would personally identify a user, but is otherwise rather vague about the exact information that it does provide to advertisers.

In recent weeks, Google has focused on making small improvements to its smartwatch platform.

Even though Google claims that customers have given their consent to hand over the data when they chose to use an Android smartphone, data privacy advocates say that customers are unaware about the real consequences of their decision. There is no evidence if the search giant has ceased such practices, or is still continuing with it.