Oracle accuses Google of spying on Australians

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Industry analysts estimate there are more than 10 million Android users in Australia. But it said the spokesman had claimed that users could see what data was collected if they went to the My Account tab in Settings and they could also control it.

Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphones users, who unwittingly pay their telecom for gigabytes consumed during the harvesting, regulators said yesterday.

Volvo will strengthen its partnership with Google by adding more of the U.S. tech firm's features to its Android-derived infotainment system.

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According to Oracle, the data from locations is then being fed to advertisers to help serve more targeted advertising.

The Australian investigation is linked to allegations made in an Oracle report about the impact of Google and Facebook on the advertising market.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyLawmakers press Amazon over child privacy protections in new Echo Wyden: I object to Trump's DHS cyber nomination over demands for Stingray information Democratic senators call for committee to investigate Cohen payments MORE (D-Mass.) asked Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons to examine "the potential deceptive acts and practices used by Google to track and commoditize American consumers". Fortune further reports that "Oracle also said Android devices sent Google detailed information on people's searches and surfing". This reportedly contains location info, even the place location providers are turned off, with no apps put in, and the place no SIM card is inserted.

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"We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the Privacy Commissioner", the ACCC said in a statement.

The voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services will be added to Volvo's next-generation Sensus infotainment system which itself is based on Google's smartphone and tablet technology. Presently, a gigabyte of data costs about $3.60-$4.50 a month.

Earlier this year, social media giant Facebook Inc apologized after web marketing firm Cambridge Analytica was accused of obtaining users' data without permission for the 2016 election campaign of United States President Donald Trump.

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According to Oracle, Google is accessing information such as barometric pressure readings and coordinates, which could be used to work out whether someone is located outside or in a shopping centre.

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