Penalty for Google: Misleading information about the collection of data

Australia’s regulator, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), has fined Google 60 Millions of dollars fined because ACCC consumers perceive the company to be between January 2018 and December 2017 misleading information about the collection and use of their personal location data on Android phones.

The court had previously found that Google had breached Australian Consumer Law by claiming to some Android users that the setting was “location history”. the only setting in their Google account that affects whether Google collects, stores, and uses personally identifiable information about their location.

In fact, another Google account setting entitled “Web – and app activity” Google also, personal location data n to collect, store and use when enabled, and this setting was enabled by default.

“This significant penalty imposed by the court today sends a strong message digital platforms and other businesses large and small that they must not mislead consumers about how their data is being collected and used,” said ACCC Chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb.

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