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Australian court orders Google to pay $43 million for misleading users

Australian court orders Google to pay $43 million for misleading users
Australian court orders Google to pay $43 million for misleading users   -   Copyright  Thomson Reuters 2022   -  
By Reuters

<div> <p>By Navya Mittal</p> <p> -Australia’s competition watchdog said on Friday that Alphabet Inc’s Google unit was ordered by the country’s Federal Court to pay A$60 million ($42.7 million) in penalties for misleading users on collection of their personal location data. </p> <p>The court found Google misled some customers about personal location data collected through their Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018. (https://reut.rs/3Ajr3Pn)</p> <p>Google misled users into believing “location history” setting on their android phones was the only way location data could be collected by it, when a feature to monitor web and applications activity also allowed local data collection and storage, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (<span class="caps">ACCC</span>) said.</p> <p>The watchdog, which estimates that 1.3 million Google account users in Australia may have been affected, had started the proceedings against the company and its local unit in October 2019.</p> <p>Google took remedial measures in 2018, the regulator said. </p> <p>In an emailed statement, Google said it had settled the matter and added it has made location information simple to manage and easy to understand.</p> <p>The search engine giant has been embroiled in legal action in Australia over the past year as the government mulled and passed a law to make Google and Meta Platforms’ Facebook pay media companies for content on their platforms. (https://reut.rs/3JRaTzz)</p> <p>($1 = 1.4055 Australian dollars)</p> </div>