Fortune quoted Google's response: "Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user".

Just when the world was trying to get over Facebook's Cambridge Analytica controversy, there is another scandal waiting to blow up. Willingly or unwillingly, you allow any internet company to use your data in return for the free use of the company's services.

Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphones users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed during the harvesting, regulators said on Tuesday. The company has been embroiled in a huge patent battle with Google over Android, and that legal fight isn't over yet.

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

Between adaptive brightness and more flexible audio options, Android P is giving users more ways to create a truly personal smartphone experience. A different report estimated that Google tracking would generate more than 23,000 pages of data about a user every two weeks. Oracle Australia, a branch of Oracle Corporation, recently met with members of the ACCC and claimed that Google harvests an average of a gigabyte of data a month from individual Android users.

"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. However, the company's privacy policy is pretty loose when it comes to the kind of data it collects. "We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the privacy commissioner", said Geesche Jacobsen, a spokeswoman for the competition regulator.

Oracle and Google's fights have been legendary, nearly equalling the magnitude of the fight between Apple and Windows, once upon a time. For example, it doesn't explicitly mention Android devices, The Guardian notes.

Although Google insists that data tracking is lawful when done with the permission of mobile users, data privacy advocates are uncertain if it's being made clear enough to Android users that it includes their mobile devices as well - leaving open the question of how valid that consent is.


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