May 23, 2018

Democrats ask FTC to investigate Google's data collection practices

16 May 2018, 05:07 | Marlene Myers

Democrats ask FTC to investigate Google's data collection practices

Democrats ask FTC to investigate Google's data collection practices

Reported earlier today by Reuters, Google now faces an investigation in Australia surrounding its location data collection practices from Android smartphone users. Google is being investigated in Australia over the claims that it is harvesting data from millions of Android users who unknowingly pay their telecom operators for the gigabytes of data used during data harvesting.

Oracle is of course in the middle of an ongoing lawsuit against Google in the United States with regards to Google supposedly using protected Java APIs in Android. This investigation could potentially affect over 10 million Australian Android users.

Symantec goes to give an example of "Android.Reputation.1" malware which appears to be "hidden in at at least seven apps in the U.S".

However, Oracle "experts" have found that Google is tracking users' location data, even if Google Maps is not open.

According to Android Central (Via XDA-Developers), Burke is already using a newer version of Android P with an improved gesture system.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims was quoted in the report as saying his people were looking into the Oracle claims.

Democrats ask FTC to investigate Google's data collection practices

Since Google has mapped the IP addresses, wifi connection points and mobile towers, it can get the information about where a device is connecting or is attempting to connect.

Sources cite that Oracle had requested the ACCC to look into the issue where Android smartphones send comprehensive information on Google searches and also the information that is being viewed.

Australian telecommunications companies said they were seeking confirmation from Google on the allegations.

The social media giant said improved technology using artificial intelligence had helped it to act on 3.4 million posts containing graphic violence, almost three times more than it had in the last quarter of 2017.

She added: "We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the Privacy Commissioner". The OS targets useless notifications as told by the users. The app and functionality will be offered to you without prompt when you are listening to your fave music at a particular time making it simple and indicating the company's vision, which is fewer taps, less effort, and reduced screen time.

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