Google and Oracle have for some time been occupied with a scope of fights in court, and now, the most recent cycle is playing out in Australia, where Oracle has effectively persuaded rivalry and privacy controllers to investigate how Google supposedly tracks its Android telephone clients. Oracle asserts that Android telephones send data to Google about where their owners are found, regardless of whether locations are turned off and there is no SIM card display.
These allegations initially became exposed in November, and keeping in mind that the source of the claim was at first unknown, the Federal Trade Commission’s central innovation Ashkan Soltani proposed that Oracle was behind the story, and had been endeavoring to plant this specific seed for quite a long time. What’s more, now, Oracle isn’t keeping down by any stretch of the imagination. In an introduction to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), the organization not just claims that Android telephones are sending area information to Google, yet in addition that these gadgets are telling the web giant what searchers and websites users go to.
“The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services,” said the chairman of the ACCC, Rod Sims. “We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the privacy commissioner.”
The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner added that it is “making inquiries with Google.”
Google, for its part, certainly isn’t backing down. “Google is completely focused on protecting our users’ data while making the products they love work better for them. Users can see what data is collected and how it’s used in one easy place, My Account, and control it all from there,” the company said. “Like many of Oracle’s corporate tactics, this presentation is sleight of hand, not facts, and given that Oracle markets itself as the world’s biggest data broker, they know it.”
“Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user,” Google added.
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