While Google's initial response refuted numerous claims made by Quartz, and explained again and again how Google and Android handles sensitive location data, the letter to the FTC again uses the report as its main basis. It is based on a recent report that claimed the American tech giant Google harvests large amounts of data from Android devices. It is being reported that the Oracle report had further claimed that Google is consuming around 1GB of mobile data monthly from the account of each Android phone user in Australia.
Australia has launched an investigation into the matter following a report by Oracle on the impact of Google and Facebook on the advertising market in the country.
Oracle has accused Google of spying on Android users in Australia, but that is not all - Oracle has claimed that Google is using 1 GB data of Android users themselves for this spying. Oracle claimed that Google is responsible for approximately A$500 million in data usage.
According to Oracle, the data from locations is then being fed to advertisers to help serve more targeted advertising.
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With the EU General Data Protection Regulation set to come into force in just 11 days' time Google could also face further privacy investigations in Europe.
The data collection also reportedly continues to take place even when the phone has been reset to its factory condition, its SIM card has been removed, or when no apps are running on the cellular device. "We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the Privacy Commissioner". Noted security researcher and the former chief technologist for the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Ashkan Soltani, had then opined through a tweet that Oracle may be the hidden source of the allegation: "After 5+ mo of lobbying @oracle managed to finally sell this important @google @android privacy story to the press".
However, as per a report by Symantec, there are seven apps that have reappeared on the Google Play Store even after they alerted Google of the malware and original apps were henceforth removed. With more than ten million Australians using Android phones, they could be paying $580 million in unnecessary fees every year. According to Oracle, Google is able to get information as accurate as "which level of a shopping mall you are on" by using barometric pressure reading.