The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating accusations Google is using as much as AU$580 million (NZ$626 million) worth of Australians' phone plan data annually to secretly track their movements.
P boasts a new look with more rounded corners on text boxes and menus and several technical improvements such as support for multiple cameras, the ability to gather indoor location data and improved fingerprint recognition. Overall, the surreptitious data usage of Google costs Australian Android users nearly $580 million a year.
The spin-doctors of API apparently made a specific presentation to the ACCC as part of an existing inquiry into digital platforms, called by Australian media giants concerned about the effect of Google and Facebook on advertising markets in the region. Google has not specified when Android P hits users. Google has responded that the information tracking is carried out with the consent of smart mobile users.
The regulator has reportedly met with the report's author to learn more about how Google services impact customers' privacy and finances. The company has also claimed in the past that Google's Android data exfiltration activities go as far as recording the cell mast users' smartphones are connected to.
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According to experts from Oracle, Google collected this data to help advertisers.
In Australia, 10 million people use an Android phone, which is almost half of the population. The firm said Google receives detailed information from Android users about their internet searches and locations, even when location services are turned off, and they have no SIM cards or apps installed.
According to Oracle, Google is accessing information such as barometric pressure readings and coordinates, which could be used to work out whether someone is located outside or in a shopping centre.
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