Privacy Suite filed against Google:
For Alleging Location Data Misuse by Australian Regulator
Google has been in the news for almost every day. Either it may be an update, news, promotion or something else. It has been in the news for a long time.
Today flash news about Google is a privacy suit filed against Google for misusing the location data. An Australian regulator from Sydney has filed a case against Google the Alphabet Inc’s product.
He has filed the case on google by accusing it of misleading smartphone users and collecting all the user’s personal location data to become the most prominent tech firms.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has said that the local Google unit did not disclose their users of its Android Operating System for two years. Usually, if people dont want to share their information with companies, they will simply change settings. But, in this act, Google, hasn’t informed users that they have to change two settings to switch off the tracking.
” Official Google’s conduct has made users believed that Google was not obtaining personal data about their location. But frankly, personal data was being collected by Google.
The ACCC has written to the federal court filing on Tuesday about this issue. It also has published that issue on their website.
” The misleading information which was provided by Google has made people left with no choice. If at all google informed about the two settings, then most of the people might stop sharing their location data.”
One of the Google Spokeswoman said that the company would be able to defend the matter, presently company was reviewing the allegations of ACCC, and it will continue to engage with the Regulator.
This lawsuit is the first of several ACCC, they said it would pursue against the local arms of global companies like Google, Facebook, and so on when it comes to the privacy issues. It even stated that it would take tougher calls when the problem is about concerning privacy and content sharing.
Recently European Union countries have already seized on the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules to control big technology companies.
In January 2019, Google was fined 50 million euros ($55.5 million) by french Regulator for breaches of privacy laws.
Not only French, but Ireland’s data protection commissioner is also investigating Google over the allegation of the breach in privacy laws. Already facebook agreed to pay record-breaking $5 billion fine in the USA to resolve privacy concerns over of its data collection for 2016 presidential election.
The Australian laws are similar to Ireland’s lawsuit. So, Google is seeking dodge from this issue, but the Australian trial is planning differently in penalties.
According to Reuters “The Australian Regulator said that Google has failed to make a clear statement on location-based settings, “Location History” and “web & App activities” to stop company collecting personal data from users”.
The Regulator also said, Google has further misled consumers and breached the Australian consumer law. By saying them the only way to prevent the company from collecting personal data and location data was to stop using their primary services like Google search and google maps.
ACCC Chair Rod Sims told reporters that “we want declarations that the current google behaviour should not continue” in the Sydney meeting.
He also said that ” We want to implement significant penalties, At the same time we want google to tell people about what has gone on so that people have the great awareness on what data is company actually collecting and what the data is being used for.”
This matter is going to settle in the court hearing on Nov 14, according to the federal court official website.