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Is Google Tracking Android Users Secretly? Oracle Claims So

15 May 2018

Industry analysts estimate there are more than 10 million Android users in Australia. A spokesman for Google said the company has users' permission to collect data. According to the experts at Oracle cited by the ACCC, Google is draining around 1GB of mobile data monthly from Android phone users' accounts. The allegations of Google tracking Android users surfaced after Oracle claimed that the search giant might be harvesting gigabytes of data from the smartphones.

Even though Google claims that customers have given their consent to hand over the data when they chose to use an Android smartphone, data privacy advocates say that customers are unaware about the real consequences of their decision. This, in turn, helped the advertisers to work out on which level of a shopping mall was the target consumer at. 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.

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".

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. But it does not appear to mention the constant monitoring in the background when Maps is not in use.

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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.

However, beaming that much data back to Google costs gigabytes of mobile data that customers have unknowingly have been unknowingly paying for thinking that it reflects their data usage.

Volvo and Google first teamed up previous year when Volvo first announced it would be using an Android-based infotainment system in future cars.

The apps also retain the ability to change the launcher icon and their "running apps" icon in the system settings once installed, again using well-known icons such as Google Play or Google Maps to avoid suspicion, as well as pushing content such as ads or scams to the device.