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Blumenthal and Markey said they asked Google CEO Sundar Pichai for answers, but received a response that raised further questions about their "characterization of basic consumer protection terms".

At a time of increased scrutiny of companies that collect masses of user data, two U.S. senators are calling on federal regulators to investigate a Google product called Location History.

Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphones users, who unwittingly pay their telecom for gigabytes consumed during the harvesting, regulators said yesterday. "This set of options is inadequate and the confusing consent process is replicated throughout Android's various settings, where location privacy is often mischaracterized or subdivided so few users could effectuate their choice to opt-out of Google's location data gathering". The data is apparently used to help target users for advertising according to their location.

As per a report in The Queensland Times, the ACCC is investigating accusations that Google is using up to $580-million worth of Australians' data yearly to track their movement and give that data to advertisers.

Even though Google claims that customers have given their consent to hand over the data when they chose to use an Android smartphone, data privacy advocates say that customers are unaware about the real consequences of their decision.

Google also mapped IP addresses and Wi-Fi connection spots where mobile phones connected or attempted to connect, the report says. This reportedly contains location info, even the place location providers are turned off, with no apps put in, and the place no SIM card is inserted.

"The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services".

The voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services will be added to Volvo's next-generation Sensus infotainment system which itself is based on Google's smartphone and tablet technology. Now, Google is being investigated for allegedly tracking Android phone users.

However, beaming that much data back to Google costs gigabytes of mobile data that customers have unknowingly have been unknowingly paying for thinking that it reflects their data usage.

Oracle has its own long-running dispute with Google.

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