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ACCC Investigating Google Over User Data Tracking

The ACCC is looking into claims that Google is using up to $580m worth of data of Aussie Android user’s phone plans to track their movements.

According to a report from The Australian, software company Oracle says the social media giant is taking about one gigabyte of mobile data from Android user’s accounts monthly to gain information for its advertisers.

Rod Sims chairman at the ACCC says he has been briefed about the situation by US experts at Oracle. Sims told The Australian he found the Oracle presentation ‘very interesting’ and will follow up.

He says, “We need to fully check out the claims. We will use our information-gathering powers to check out everything that comes to us.”

Right now, a gigabyte of data is approximately $3.60-$4.50 a month, with more than 10 million Aussies using an Android smartphone. Reports say if Google had to start paying for this data it would be around $445 million and $580 million a year.

Consumer’s privacy has been a hot topic in the past couple of months with the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal making headlines globally with other internet giants making sure its users know how their data is being handled.

The consumer watchdog is currently looking into the social media giant as part of a wider investigation into the digital media market.


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