Google agrees to a $60 million fine

According to the Associated Press, Google has agreed to pay a $60 million fine to end a long legal battle with Australia’s Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

In April 2021, the same Federal Court ruled that Google was guilty of breaching Australian consumer laws by collecting location data from Android users without their express consent and causing them to believe that the information is not had not been deleted.

Google is penalized for misleading Android users. When set as Location History “Off” but to monitor web and app activity “On”, then Google collected location data when these services were used.

The American group was also found guilty of violating two other consumer protection laws. First, Google is responsible for deliberately misleading users. For the other, it is wrong to deliberately mislead users about the functionality and performance of certain features.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission at the time called the judgment a clear message to digital platforms to be upfront with consumers about what is happening with their data.


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