Google Fights Back At Oracle/ACCC Data Investigation

The statement said: "Google is completely focused on protecting our users' data while making the products they love work better for them".

"They are free to disable Google's Location Service at any time, and the data this service sends back to Google's location servers is anonymized".

And Google just so happens that it collects a lot more data than Facebook. And that data needs to be transferred over the internet, which means users are paying for the traffic. 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. 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".

Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphones users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed during the harvesting, regulators said on Tuesday.

In Australia, 1 GB of data costs roughly $3.60-$4.50 a month. This investigation could potentially affect over 10 million Australian Android users. A different report estimated that Google tracking would generate more than 23,000 pages of data about a user every two weeks.

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".

The distinction between the InMobi example and Google's collection of Android location data turns on user consent and potentially on Google's objective in capturing the data.

"We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the privacy commissioner", Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, told the Guardian.

Facebook is not the only company whose user data policies have captured the attention of a government agency. "The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services".

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