Considered Misleading the Android Mobile Users, Australia was Suing Google

Australia's consumer protection regulator officially filed a lawsuit against Google. Refer to the official statement of the ACCC.
Illustration: Image of Bugdroid, the Android mascot in front of the Google logo, CANBERRA - Australia's consumer protection regulator officially filed a lawsuit against Google.

Refer to the official statement of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), 29 October 2019, lawsuits against Google LLC and Google Australia Pty. Ltd has been registered with a federal court.

The ACCC accuses Google of misleading consumers regarding how the company collects, stores and uses user location data. 

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The Australian Business and Consumer Competition Commission said, for two years since January 2017, Google did not notify Android phone users that they needed to turn off two settings, if they did not want Google to store their personal information.

The two settings related to Google account location in question are location history, as well as web & app activities.

According to the ACCC, when users create a Google account on Android phones and tablets, consumers will misunderstand that the location history feature is the only setting about collecting, storing and using location data by Google. 

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When consumers access their Google account settings on an Android device, Google also doesn't notify that by leaving the web activity & application feature that turned on, Google will continue to collect the user location data

"Google is misleading consumers by remaining silent about the fact that other arrangements must also be turned off," said the Head of ACCC , Rod Sims.

The ACCC also accuses, in the second half of 2018, Google is increasingly misleading consumers by suggesting that the only way they can prevent companies from collecting location data is to stop using certain Google services, including Google Search and Google Maps. (*) 

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Penulis: Lia Sisvita Dinatri
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