Google Faces Australian Government Investigation due to collecting user data
Google is facing an investigation by the Australian government because it may illegally acquire data from millions of Android smartphone users.
Reuters reported on the 15th that online giant Oracle presented the accusation in a report and was highly concerned and followed up by the Privacy Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and government departments. Obviously, this will This made Google once again caught up in the huge controversy over information security and privacy policies. Another Internet giant faced with the information disclosure scandal of users was also under pressure to announce measures to strengthen self-inspection. There are analytical opinions that come from the government and society to Internet users. The concern of information security and privacy rights will have an impact on the business and technology models of Internet companies.
Reuters said that Oracle’s report pointed out that due to system settings, Android users as mobile phone system developers Google Android company will receive detailed information on the user’s Internet search and user positioning, and these mobile phone users do not know Under the circumstances, the telecom service provider was paid for the gigabyte cost that Google collected when collecting data. A spokesman for the Australian government regulator said on the 15th that the ACCC has met with Oracle and is analyzing their reports and working closely with the Privacy Commissioner. The Australian government also hopes to investigate how many consumers understand the use of Google location data. Industry analysts estimate that there are more than 10 million Android users in Australia. However, Reuters said that it is impossible to confirm the authenticity of Oracle’s report.
Regarding Android’s alleged infringement of user information privacy, and allowing users to pay additional fees, a Google spokesperson stated that the company collected data “has received user permission”. However, some analysts have pointed out that the vast majority of consumers are unlikely to understand the content of the terms they signed when they used their smartphones. This puts its data security at risk.
Some telecom service providers have started operations. Telsta, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, said that the company is communicating to Google about “the existence of illegal user data infringement”. There are also views that there has been a long period of a dispute between Oracle and Google, so its report “may not guarantee fairness,” the former tried to charge the latter the use of Java language authorization fees but was rejected.
The report said that the investigation will lead to more discussions about the Internet companies’ ability to collect and use user data online. Earlier this year, social media giants faced their Facebook user data being illegally exploited by the internet marketing company Cambridge Analysis. This company used 87 million Facebook user information to direct users to advertise in the 2016 US presidential election.