Australian court accused Google of defrauding users when collecting personal data

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A federal court in Australia found that the American corporation Google misled users regarding the use of location data collected using mobile devices. This is stated in a statement published on Friday, April 16, on the website of the Australian Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (ACCC).

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“This is an important win for consumers, especially anyone concerned about their online privacy, as the court ruling is a compelling signal to Google and others that big business should not mislead its customers,” said ACCC Chairman Rod Sims ...

According to him, the decision is a step towards informing users about what is happening with their data and how they can protect themselves.

The court ruled that between 2017 and December 2018, when consumers created a new account, Google provided false information during the initial setup process for their Android device that the Location History setting was the only one. However, another Google account setting called Application and Web Search History also allowed Google to collect, store, and use personal location information when it was turned on, and it was turned on by default.

Australian court accused Google of defrauding users when collecting personal data
Australian court accused Google of defrauding users when collecting personal data


In October 2020, the Australian regulator filed a federal lawsuit against Google LLC and Google Australia, accusing them of willfully misrepresenting how users' personal information is collected, stored and used.

The Commission intends to seek the issuance of the reasoning of the judgment, monetary fines and a prescriptive order.

Earlier, in April, the head of the Austrian non-profit organization None of Your Business Max Schrems accused Google of illegally tracking Android smartphone users. In July 2020, a US law firm filed a lawsuit against a US company, accusing it of illegally collecting personal data from users.

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