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Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting customer data

Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting customer data

Google's privacy documents already state that when an Android user turns on Google Maps, then the location data is tracked.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reportedly planning to investigate the claims of Google's data harvesting put forth by software giant Oracle. Android is Google's mobile operating system.

Google said in a statement that it has its users' permission to collect data.

For those times when you need to watch your data usage, Google News offers a few basic controls to ensure it's not eating up your monthly data allotment while catching up on what's going on in the world. Meaning, users are paying their service providers for transferring the data to the search giant. This investigation could potentially affect over 10 million Australian Android users.

Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus gets two new colors options
The Galaxy S9 version will cost 957,000 won ($888), and the Galaxy S9 Plus will come with a price tag of 1.05 million won. Samsung has announced it's launching two new colours with its flagship phone now arriving Sunrise Gold and Titanium Grey.

The report, which is part of a wider review on Google and Facebook's impact on advertising, claims that information on search history and location data is being passed directly from Android smartphones to Google and its parent company Alphabet. "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".

It's hard to say at this point if Google will move forward with a full-on dark mode for Android P. It seems a little half-baked in its current form (the settings menu is still a piercing white).

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. The claims of Google tracking your location data is dragged out regularly, this is the first time that the link to using customer data allowances has been made. Most of all, it draws from a number of resources to provide packages of view, evaluation and fact-checked posts focused on particular newsworthy events, providing users a good platform from which to compose their minds regarding current affairs. In reality, these apps would just trick the users into giving them admin privileges, after which they would show ads via Google Mobile Services, or load scam sites in the victim's browser. Sure that sounds amusing, but really, is the tech giant keeping tabs on everything we search and everywhere we go?


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