Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Sci-tech | By Carrie Guzman

Google investigated by Australian regulator over its Android data harvesting practices

Google investigated by Australian regulator over its Android data harvesting practices

Now, considering more than 10 million Australians use Android phones, 1 GB data cost of 10 million Aussies translates to $445 million to $580 million a year. Google has not specified when Android P hits users.

"Based on our investigation and public reports on location history, we have significant reservations about Google's failure to clearly account for how that location data is collected and used by the company", the senators wrote.

Google had already replied to a previous request for this information in response to a December 2017 letter from the pair, but they remain dissatisfied, because while Google claimed all services are "opt-in", they suspect users' choice is too easily forced. Oracle has now openly reported the matter to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which is investigating the case.

The country's telecoms told Reuters that they asked the web search giant to confirm the allegations. Part of this automation package is clearer directions, routines, and Google lens, as well as Google Duplex in which restaurants can be called up and appointments are made for you just in a human voice.

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A gig of data now costs about $3.60-$4.50 a month.

Oracle warned users that Google could also be accessing their location data even when they are not using GPS-enabled apps and if their phone is in aeroplane mode. According to Vaile, both Google and Facebook are in the commercial surveillance business, and selling services for advertising is the foundation of their business model.

The report said the inability to turn off the location services in Android poses a risk for individuals who want to hide their location for security purposes, like law enforcement officials and victims of domestic abuse. 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. Google says these new algorithms also help to bring breaking news through a complex combination of all the relevant stories and arrange them in an easy-to-understand format. However, at the time, the search giant assured that they would soon end such practices. Sure that sounds amusing, but really, is the tech giant keeping tabs on everything we search and everywhere we go?

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