Google Under Investigation For 'Secretly Tracking Android Users'


It's also unusual to find evidence of it at work after Google said that the new operating system wouldn't see the new feature.

"For example, any Android user is familiar with Google Maps" nag screen: "To continue, turn on device location, which uses Google's location services" - and rather than "yes/no" as the choice, that dialogue offers "Cancel" and "OK".

Reports indicate that almost $600 million is spent annually in Australia to secretly track users' every step.

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The investigations stem from findings made by the California-based software company Oracle, which revealed that Google was collecting up to one gigabyte of each users' monthly phone data to secretly trace their location.

According to the Australian authority, this data transfer has created privacy issues for almost ten million Android mobile users in the country, who are paying telecom service providers for gigabyte consumption at the time of data harvesting. Then, by using this data with your coordinates, the search giant can know the shops you visited.

The letter also plucks out the kind of detail that would only be known to the most dedicated reader of terms-of-service - that Google makes demographic inferences from location data (it's almost 700 words into this policy document). The ACCC is particularly concerned that digital platforms like Google and Facebook have tremendous influence on the advertising market.

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USA software company Oracle has always been involved in a dispute with Google over the infringed use of Oracle's Java intellectual property. For instance, using barometric pressure readings, the search giant can track which level of a shopping mall you are on. Oracle claims that Android phones send information to Google about where their owners are located, even if location services are switched off and there is no SIM card present.

As per David Vaile, the chairman of the Australian Privacy Foundation, Google had earlier undertaken this task as a part of its Street View surveying.

'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. So, Google's data collection is very costly to consumers. Among the questions that remain: whether Google actually gives users the right to opt out of location tracking, as the company says it does, and whether Google is being transparent about how it's using location data. Further, referring to My Account in the settings, it says that users have full control over their data and how it can be used.

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In a report recently presented to the ACCC and cited by The Australian, Oracle details the extent of access Google has to smartphone users' data.