Google under investigation for using Android phone data to spy on users

THE ACCC is investigating accusations Google is using as much as $580 million worth of Australians’ phone plan data annually to secretly track their movements.

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission chairman Rod Sims said he was briefed recently by US experts who had intercepted, copied and decrypted messages sent back to Google from mobiles running on the company’s Android operating system.

The experts, from computer and software corporation Oracle, claim Google is draining roughly one gigabyte of mobile data monthly from Android phone users’ accounts as it snoops in the background, collecting information to help advertisers.

www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/smartphones/accc-investigating-oracle-research-showing-google-users-android-phone-plan-data-to-spy/news-story/3ca0cdaa3cc6992d134355bd0b7fcf40?nk=aa6f94d3cb9d694001627d57c7d707e1-1526308708

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