Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

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Much of the debate around user privacy lately has mainly been centered around Facebook. The report from Symantec also revealed that once these apps are installed, they take various measures to stay on the device, disappear, and erase their tracks.

"Any charges for transmission of data over a cellular connection, including any location-related data, would be governed by a user's mobile carrier plan", Google said. Android is Google's mobile operating system.

They cited a Quartz report in November that showed the company collects location information from Android users even when they have turned off location services, haven't used any apps or even inserted a SIM card. "This allows it to know where a device is connecting or attempting to connect without using the phone's location service". Then, by using this data with your coordinates, the search giant can know the shops you visited. This to help it earn more advertising dollars. Regulators found that telecom service customers are unknowingly paying for gigabytes of mobile data mined by the USA tech giant. Meaning, users are paying their service providers for transferring the data to the search giant.

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

Similar allegations first surfaced in November of previous year, but the source of the information was not known then.

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Blumenthal and Markey said they asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai for answers, but received a response that raised further questions about their "characterization of basic consumer protection terms".

A fellow USA tech firm Oracle has reported that Google is prying on Australian mobile subscribers by not only tracking them but also collecting information related to a user's surfing patterns.

However, Oracle "experts" have found that Google is tracking users' location data, even if Google Maps is not open.

"The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services", ACCC spokeswoman Geesche Jacobsen said.

"Based on our investigation and public reports on Location History, we have significant reservations about Google's failure to clearly account for how that location data is collected and used by the company", the senators wrote. We provide users with notice and control over the collection, sharing and use of location in order to provide a better mobile experience on Android devices.

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