So, considering there are about 10 million Australian Android users, the amount comes to between $445 million and $580 million a year, notes The Daily Telegraph. The Australian Commission for the Protection of Competition and Consumers and the Privacy Commissioner say they are looking at the findings in the report. But it said the spokesman had claimed that users could see what data was collected if they went to the My Account tab in Settings and they could also control it.
Now, the Australian competition and privacy regulator are investigating Oracle's claim that data from the Android devices tell the location of a user to Google, even if the location services are turned off, or even if there is no SIM in the smartphone. Oracle Australia, a branch of Oracle Corporation, recently met with members of the ACCC and claimed that Google harvests an average of a gigabyte of data a month from individual Android users. The Australian investigations are set to focus on allegations made by Oracle Corp in a report provided as part of an Australian review into the impact that Google, owned by Alphabet Inc, and Facebook have on the advertising market.
Fortune quoted Google's response: "Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user". Oracle also found that Google could also be gathering round 1GB of person data monthly.
In Australia, 1 GB of data costs roughly $3.60-$4.50 a month.
Google, which is now being investigated as part of the ACCC's inquiry into digital platforms, has been accused of paying telco providers to send the tech company users' data.
A tech giant is being investigated for its data collection practices, but this time it isn't Facebook.
In Australia, 10 million people use an Android phone, which is almost half of the population. 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.