Australia Probes Claim of Google Data Harvesting

Australia Probes Claim of Google Data Harvesting

It was revealed this week that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Privacy Commissioner are investigating Google due to reports which say that the search giant is collecting data from Android smartphone users who unknowingly pay their telecom service providers for the bandwidth used by the activity.

A Google spokesperson responded that the company obtains user consent before it collects data. However, data privacy advocates said that users are unlikely to fully understand Google’s agreement policy when signing up to use an Android smartphone.

Meanwhile, Australian telecoms companies said that they are still waiting for Google to respond to them regarding the allegations.

Source: Reuters

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