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Friday 12 August 2022

Google is facing 60 million in fines for making misleading representations to customers between January 2017 and December 2018 about the sue  of their personal data. 

Australian Competition and consumer Commission (ACCC) Chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb said. “This significant penalty imposed by the Court today sends a strong message to digital platforms and other businesses, large and small, that they must not mislead consumers about how their data is being collected and used.”

An official statement from the consumer and competition regulator said that the android users into thinking the personally identifiable data was only being collected in one place. 

“Google, one of the world’s largest companies, was able to keep the location data collected through the “Web & App Activity” setting and that retained data could be used by Google to target ads to some consumers, even if those consumers had the “Location History” setting turned off.”

The  ACCC chair said that companies need to be transparent about their data collection.