Is Google Tracking Android Users Secretly? Oracle Claims So

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"Google claims Google Location History is opt-in, but both the device and application settings on Android phones frequently pushes users into providing 'consent, '" their letter reads. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the country's privacy commissioner said they were reviewing the findings of a report by Oracle Corp.

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.

Oracle claims Google is using location data from its Maps feature, even when the feature is not being used by the phone owner. The Daily Telegraph reports that the ACCC brought in experts from Oracle for information on an inquiry into "digital platforms including Google and Facebook", particularly in regards to consumer knowledge of location data usage.

The data collection also reportedly continues to take place even when the phone has been reset to its factory condition, its SIM card has been removed, or when no apps are running on the cellular device.

We discussed Google's utter disregard for your privacy in numerous announcements seen at I/O 2018 keynote, on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. It falls back on using Google Play or Google Maps icon to ensure that it can evade detection. Oracle also found that Google could also be gathering round 1GB of person data monthly.

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"The result is that Google, the unit of Alphabet behind Android, has access to data about individuals' locations and their movements that go far beyond a reasonable consumer expectation of privacy", the Quartz report says.

For context, Oracle has actively been in court with Google for more than 5 years over whether Android's usage of Java was considered fair use, and is certainly not an unbiased party.

In Australia, 1 GB of data costs roughly $3.60-$4.50 a month. "When you use Google services we may collect and process information about your actual location", says Google's privacy policy. Oracle claimed that Google is responsible for approximately A$500 million in data usage.

USA software company Oracle has always been involved in a dispute with Google over the infringed use of Oracle's Java intellectual property.