Australia Finds Google Misled users Over data Collection

A seek for 'Australia Information' on the Google homepage, organized on a desktop laptop in Sydney, Australia, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021.

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Australia's federal court discovered that Google misled customers about private location knowledge collected via Android cellular gadgets between 2017 and 2018, the country's competition regulator said Friday.

The Australian Competitors and Shopper Fee (ACCC) — which launched legal proceedings against Google in 2019 — mentioned the ruling was an "necessary victory for customers" with regard to the safety of on-line privateness.

Google misled Android customers into considering the search large might gather private knowledge provided that the "location historical past" setting was on, the ACCC mentioned. The court docket discovered that Google might nonetheless gather, retailer and use personally identifiable location knowledge if the setting for "net and software exercise" was on — even when "location historical past" was turned off.

"This is a crucial victory for customers, particularly anybody involved about their privateness on-line, because the Court docket's choice sends a powerful message to Google and others that huge companies should not mislead their prospects," ACCC Chair Rod Sims mentioned in an announcement.

We disagree with the remaining findings and are at the moment reviewing our choices, together with a doable attraction.

A Google spokesperson identified that the court docket rejected most of the ACCC's broad claims.

"We disagree with the remaining findings and are at the moment reviewing our choices,

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