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Australia imposes a million-dollar fine on Google for deceiving users

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Australia imposes a million-dollar fine on Google for deceiving users

Canberra, Aug 12 (Latima Press) The Federal Court of Australia imposed a million fine on U.S. technology company Google for deceiving users of Android cell phones.

The penalty was agreed with the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) for lying to consumers about collecting personal location data between January 2017 and December 2018.

The crimes focus on two settings: location history and internet and app activity.

The ACCC argued that Google tricked around 1.3 million users by failing to adequately explain that these settings needed to be manually turned off if consumers do not want the tech company to collect, maintain and use their location information.

It also failed to inform its customers that by accessing “Internet and app activity,” Google was going to continue to collect their data through devices using the Android system.

“This ruling sends a strong message to digital platforms and other companies, large and small, that they should not deceive consumers about how their data is collected and used,” Gina Cass-Gottlieb, chair of the ACCC, argued.

Meanwhile, Justice Thomas Thawley, of the Federal Court, specified that “it is not acceptable for consumers to be exposed to being deceived in these kinds of matters, even by conduct that is not deliberate.”

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