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Google Fined in Australia for Misleading Location Settings

The Australian consumer watchdog has issued a $60 million fine for Google, as the company allegedly misled customers about the location tracking settings on Android.

More specifically, ACCC says that Google told users that disabling “Location History” on their devices would no longer collect location data, whereas the setting called “Web & App Activity” in the Google account allowed the company to continue to collect store, and use personally identifiable location data.

ACCC emphasizes this setting was activated by default on all devices, and the watchdog estimates that users of approximately 1.3 million accounts in the country have been misled by this approach.

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

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