Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting customer 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. That's how great some its products are.

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This is not Oracle's first entanglement with Google. Noted security researcher and the former chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Ashkan Soltani, had then opined through a tweet that Oracle may be the hidden source of the allegation: "After 5+ mo of lobbying @oracle managed to finally sell this important @google @android privacy story to the press".

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has commenced an investigation into Google's collection of Android user's data. Currently, there are 10 million users in Australia using androids.

A gig of data now costs about $3.60-$4.50 a month. A different report estimated that Google tracking would generate more than 23,000 pages of data about a user every two weeks.

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Oracle, a staunch Google opponent, provided a market competition report to Australian regulators that asserts "Alphabet receives detailed information about people's internet searches and user locations if they have a phone that carries Android".

"The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services", said Chairman of the ACCC, Rod Sims.

The distinction between the InMobi example and Google's collection of Android location data turns on user consent and potentially on Google's goal in capturing the data. However, the company's privacy policy is pretty loose when it comes to the kind of data it collects.

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.

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.

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