Google Under Investigation For 'Secretly Tracking Android Users'

Ruben Fields
May 16, 2018

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.

In terms of things I'll actually use on a daily basis, my favorite announcement is Android P. The AI announcements are interesting, and new Linux apps on Chrome is going to be cool, but my most used device will always be my phone.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is starting an investigation.

Google's privacy documents already state that when an Android user turns on Google Maps, then the location data is tracked. It does so by tracking them and collecting information about their browsing habits.

The company gets detailed information about people's searches on the internet and their location if they have an Android phone - the Google mobile operating system.

Google Under Investigation For 'Secretly Tracking Android Users'

Apple is expected to announce more features to help parents manage their kids' use of devices and apps at its next developer conference in June, according to several analysts who follow the company.

The ACCC together with the Australian Privacy Commissioner are now reviewing the revealed information. It has even emphasized that the search engine giant has mapped IP addresses, mobile towers, and WIFI connection points, enabling Google to identify where a device is either connecting or attempting to connect without making use of the smartphone's site service. "We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the Privacy Commissioner", Geesche Jacobsen, a spokeswoman for the competition regulator said in a statement to Reuters.

In Australia, 10 million people use an Android phone, which is almost half of the population.

Volvo and Google first teamed up a year ago when Volvo first announced it would be using an Android-based infotainment system in future cars.

Google and Oracle have always been engaged in a range of legal battles, and now, the latest iteration is playing out in Australia, where Oracle has successfully convinced competition and privacy regulators to look into how Google allegedly tracks its Android phone users. With that being said, let's see what changes this latest update contains and why Android fans should hurry and download it.

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