Google is under investigation in Australia for data collection via Android devices

Aussie regulator investigating Google for using $626 million of user data to secretly track movements

Aussie regulator investigating Google for using $626 million of user data to secretly track movements

It is being reported that the Oracle report had further claimed that Google is consuming around 1GB of mobile data monthly from the account of each Android phone user in Australia.

The ACCC does not seem to be taking Oracle's claims at face value, but is "considering information it has provided about Google services". The ACCC is now looking into the claims as part of the Digital Platforms Inquiry.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has been approached by Oracle, and they have been informed that Google is unethically syphoning off data from Android users' phone, and spying on them. Oracle has been involved in a long-running dispute with Google over claims that the internet giant contravened Oracle's Java intellectual property rights. However, users have not been made aware of this activity, and privacy officials believe that the tech firm could be abusing its position.

In Australia, 1 GB of data costs roughly $3.60-$4.50 a month.

At a time of increased scrutiny of companies that collect masses of user data, two United States senators are calling on federal regulators to investigate a Google product called Location History.

Even when an individual's location service is disabled, Android would gather the addresses of nearby cellular towers and then share this data with Google, a practice it began at the start of 2017, according to the Quartz report. The barometer and thermometers are available in some of the high-end Android phones. Android users should also pay attention to the permissions they are granting applications when they install them, even applications that advertise themselves as "mobile security" apps often have overzealous permissions, have access to and harvest personal data.

The information fed back to Google includes barometric pressure readings so it can work out, for example, which level of a shopping mall you are on.

He said the information was "extremely interesting".

"The more we get into this inquiry the more we realise there are lots of issues (around) competition and privacy".

The Herald has contacted Oracle to find out if the same tactics are being in this market and how much it is costing local users.