Is Google Tracking Android Users Secretly? Oracle Claims So

Is Google Tracking Android Users Secretly? Oracle Claims So

The Android phones relay the location of the nearby cell towers to Google, without the necessary consent given by the user, the allegation states. "We are aware of the reports in the media and we have asked Google to advise whether they are accurate", a spokesman for Australia's biggest telecom company Telstra said.

Google says it is always focused on protecting user data and making its products better.

The technology giant Google is being investigated in Australia for allegedly collecting data from millions of Android smartphone users.

More news: Mariners' Robinson Cano suffers broken bone in hand on hit by pitch

Oracle, according to The Australian newspaper, said Alphabet receives detailed information about people's internet searches and user locations if they have a phone that carries Android - the mobile operating system developed by Google.

A fellow USA tech firm Oracle has reported that Google is prying on Australian mobile subscribers by not only tracking them but also collecting information related to a user's surfing patterns. This, in turn, helped the advertisers to work out on which level of a shopping mall was the target consumer at.

The senators say that Android users who enable the Location History feature "deepen the volume and invasiveness of collection across devices" by Google. Moreover, the phone doesn't need to have any apps installed, or even a SIM card inserted.

More news: Pence's Brother Wins Indiana GOP Primary

As per the report, Oracle experts have said that consumer data gets used even if Google Maps is not in use or Aeroplane mode is switched on. It falls back on using Google Play or Google Maps icon to ensure that it can evade detection. The allegations of Google tracking Android users surfaced after Oracle claimed that the search giant might be harvesting gigabytes of data from the smartphones. "We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the privacy commissioner", said Geesche Jacobsen, a spokeswoman for the competition regulator.

In Australia, 1 GB of data costs roughly $3.60-$4.50 a month. In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled in Oracle's favour, ruling that Google did, in fact, steal intellectual property from Oracle "when it adopted Java naming protocols for Android app developers".

Oracle has its own long-running dispute with Google. Everyone who uses Google services must agree to these terms and conditions, but there is now a debate over whether this consent is valid.

More news: Student shot in arm at California school, teen suspect held

Related Articles