Australian court fines Google US$42.7mil for fraud in personal data collection


Google reportedly violated the Australian Consumer Law by assuring some Android users that the “Location History” setting is the only setting that collects and uses relevant personal data, while another setting titled “Web and App Activity” collected the same information. – Reuters

MOSCOW: The Australian federal court has fined Google A$60mil (US$42.7mil or RM189.37mil) for making misleading representations to consumers about the use and collection of their personal data, reported Sputnik, quoting the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) on Aug 12.

“The Federal Court has ordered Google LLC to pay A$60mil (RM189.37mil) in penalties for making misleading representations to consumers about the collection and use of their personal location data on Android phones between January 2017 and December 2018,” the ACCC said in a statement.

Google reportedly violated the Australian Consumer Law by assuring some Android users that the “Location History” setting is the only setting that collects and uses relevant personal data, while another setting titled “Web and App Activity” collected the same information. – Bernama

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