Google investigated by Australian regulator over its Android data harvesting practices

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Google contends that they do not give out information that would personally identify a user, but is otherwise rather vague about the exact information that it does provide to advertisers.

Google names its Android systems after candies and desserts, rather than referring to each software version by number.

The Australian competition and privacy regulators are jointly looking into Oracle's allegations that Android phones quietly tell Google where users are located, even if they have location services turned off, and even if there is no SIM card in the device.

According to reports: "Google has mapped IP addresses, Wi-Fi connection points, and mobile towers".

Working for software firm Oracle, they believe that Google has been using one gigabyte of Android users' monthly mobile phone data to access their messages in the background.

However, many devs doubt that the feature will still be available when the final version of Android P arrives.

AUSTRALIANS ARE reportedly "paying for the privilege" of having their data harvested by Google. This feature helps users cut back on the amount of time they spend on their smartphone, allowing them to monitor how often they unlock their device and how long they use specific apps. Regulators found that telecom service customers are unknowingly paying for gigabytes of mobile data mined by the US tech giant.

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Meanwhile the cost of transferring this data is being directly deducted from consumers' data plans operated by local service providers.

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

This new version lets go off the nearly omnipresent three buttons on Android phones and replaces them with a new dashboard which shows the most used apps and also allows the users to set limits on themselves. According to him, "The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services". The ACCC is particularly concerned that digital platforms like Google and Facebook have tremendous influence on the advertising market.

As per David Vaile, the chairman of the Australian Privacy Foundation, Google had earlier undertaken this task as a part of its Street View surveying. "The initial approach is to ignore any potential breaches of privacy and, as we have now seen, when people notice, their approach is to ask for forgiveness".

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.

While Google is open about the fact that it uses location information in apps like Maps, the company is not so forthcoming about monitoring location information when these services are not being used.

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