Oracle Accuses Google of Secretly Tracking Users

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Security software company Symantec has revealed that a number of malicious Android app have been returning to the Google Play store despite being reported.

According to the Australian authority, this data transfer has created privacy issues for almost ten million Android mobile users in the country, who are paying telecom service providers for gigabyte consumption at the time of data harvesting.

"Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user", the company added.

Apparently, Google has a map of IP addresses, WiFi points and cellular towers - all of which is enough to track down a handset pretty accurately, but then the barometric air pressure can even tell where in a building you are.

Similar allegations first surfaced in November of past year, but the source of the information was not known then.

As per David Vaile, the chairman of the Australian Privacy Foundation, Google had earlier undertaken this task as a part of its Street View surveying.

Google still hasn't implemented the search bar directly into the launcher like we've seen in previous leaks, but there's a mod for this version of the Pixel launcher if you really want to get ahead of the game.

The company further mentions 38 more apps which divert the traffic to various dodgy websites instead of functioning as advertised.

The Australian investigation is linked to allegations made in an Oracle report about the impact of Google and Facebook on the advertising market. There will, however, be an uproar if Google decides that Automatic is good enough and removes the current Natural, Boosted, and Saturated color modes. Also, its policy is silent on Google tracking Android users data in the background even when the Maps are not in use.

"Most consumers do not understand the level, granularity, and reach of Google's data collection", the letter said, "and there are serious questions about whether they have provided their informed consent and maintain a reasonable ability to avoid participating in this collection". "Google is completely focused on protecting our users' data while making the products they love work better for them". However, at the time, the search giant assured that they would soon end such practices. Sure that sounds amusing, but really, is the tech giant keeping tabs on everything we search and everywhere we go?

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