Google Fights Back At Oracle/ACCC Data Investigation

Google Fights Back At Oracle/ACCC Data Investigation

The Oracle researchers said Google was using about 1GB of data from the accounts of Android phone users, snooping on users silently and collecting data for advertising purposes. Oracle added that the transfer of this information was eating into users' data allowance purchased from their telecoms providers-up to a gigabyte a month, which seems like quite a lot to go unnoticed. In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in Oracle's favour, ruling that Google did, in fact, steal intellectual property from Oracle "when it adopted Java naming protocols for Android app developers". The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the country's privacy commissioner said they were reviewing the findings of a report by Oracle Corp. The Daily Telegraph reports that the ACCC brought in experts from Oracle for information on an inquiry into "digital platforms including Google and Facebook", particularly in regards to consumer knowledge of location data usage.

A Google spokesperson said the company had users' permission to collect data.

"Most consumers do not understand the level, granularity, and reach of Google's data collection, and there are serious questions about whether they have provided their informed consent and maintain a reasonable ability to avoid participating in this collection", the senators wrote.

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However, beaming that much data back to Google costs gigabytes of mobile data that customers have unknowingly have been unknowingly paying for thinking that it reflects their data usage.

Australia's competition regulator is investigating accusations that Google harvests a large amount of data from Android devices, including detailed location information. Regulators found that telecom service customers are unknowingly paying for gigabytes of mobile data mined by the US tech giant.

Google says users are also able to control what ads they receive.

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Volvo and Google first teamed up a year ago when Volvo first announced it would be using an Android-based infotainment system in future cars.

According to Oracle, Google is accessing information such as barometric pressure readings and coordinates, which could be used to work out whether someone is located outside or in a shopping centre.

Though the search giant says that it tracks user data only after a user has consented, all Android users know how such consent is obtained.

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