Google Misled Users Over Data Privacy, Says Australian Regulator

Australia's competition regulator has today accused Google of misleading users to get permission for use of their personal data for targeted advertising, reports Reuters.

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In Australian Federal Court, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites. This allowed Google to link the browsing behavior of millions of users with their names and identities, providing it with "extreme market power." As the change was "worth a lot of money to Google," the commission alleges that it was "achieved through misleading behavior."

Google argues that the change was optional and consumer consent was sought through prominent and easy-to-understand notifications. "If a user did not consent, their experience of our products and services remained unchanged," a Google spokesperson commented, adding that the company fully intends to defend its actions.

In June 2016, Google changed the wording of its privacy policy to remove a statement that it would not combine cookies from its advertisement display business, DoubleClick, with users' personal information. The new policy read, "Depending on your account settings, your activity on other sites and apps may be associated with your personal information in order to improve Google services."

The regulator believes that Google did not sufficiently inform Australian consumers about what it sought to do with their personal information, including internet activity on websites not related to Google itself. The case intends to clarify the common law on what providers in various jurisdictions could do, and is seeking a fine "in the millions".

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Return Zero Avatar
50 months ago
Misleading users over data privacy is actually Google's core business model.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChromeCrescendo Avatar
50 months ago
SHOCKED! Shocked I tell you!
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centauratlas Avatar
50 months ago

Misleading users over data privacy is actually Google's core business model.
"Data privacy" and "Google" is probably a good example of an oxymoron. (Ditto Twitter, Microsoft, Facebook et al).
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unggoy Murderer Avatar
50 months ago
"Google misled users over data privacy." - Australia.

Rest of the world:



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Jeremy3292 Avatar
50 months ago
My personal favorite was when if you signed into Gmail in Chrome, it would automatically sign you into Chrome as well. All your web browsing was being recorded automatically then as well and tied to your Gmail account. This could prove problematic when you use your work computer to check Gmail or use Chrome...
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gsurf123 Avatar
50 months ago
I have no expectation of privacy when I use any of Google's free products and no one else should. There are providers of the same products who charge money which is for privacy.
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