have found Australian Federal Court that Google misled users about collecting personal location data through Android mobile devices between 2017 and 2018, according to She said The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission ACCC.
The committee explained that Started Legal action against Google in 2019, the ruling represents an important victory for consumers in terms of protecting privacy on the Internet.
And she said: Google misled Android users by thinking that the search giant could collect personal data if the location history option was only turned on.
The court found that Google can still collect, store and use personal location data if the Web and App Activity option is turned on, even if the Location History option is turned off.
The committee chairman said: This is an important victory for consumers, especially anyone interested in their privacy online, as the court’s decision sends a strong message to Google and others that big companies should not mislead their customers.
A Google spokesman indicated that the court rejected many of the public allegations made by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission.
“We disagree with the remaining results and are currently reviewing our options, including a possible appeal,” he said in a statement.
After the committee’s legal actions, the tech giant has enhanced transparency and control over it, including an automatic deletion of the site history and an Incognito mode in the Maps product.
The committee said: It is seeking statements, financial penalties and compliance orders, but did not specify the amount.
“In addition to the sanctions, we are seeking an order that compels Google to post a notice to Australian consumers to better explain Google’s website data settings in the future,” the committee chairman said.
It added that this allows users to make informed choices about whether they should leave some Google settings enabled.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission confronted the former tech giant over a media law requiring the likes of Google and Facebook to pay for news, and Australia passed that law in Parliament in February.