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(Reuters) – Australia’s consumer regulators filed a lawsuit against the Alphabet, Inc. ‘ s (GOOGL.D) Google on Monday, saying it deceived consumers about how to collect, store and use personal data about its location.
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) said Google had not been for nearly two years starting in January 2017, and to tell the phone customer that they would need to turn off the two settings, rather than just one, if they don’t want the company to keep track of their information.
“We are taking legal action against Google, since we will argue that, as a result of these on-screen statements, Google has collected, preserved, and used, the use of highly sensitive and valuable personal information of consumers, without which they are making an informed choice,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said in a statement.
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The ACCC said that the allegations that Google is focusing on the two location settings to a Google Account, the Location, the History, and “Web & App Activity”.
The regulator said that Google does not make it clear that, in both settings, which need to be switched off in order to stop the company from collecting and using the data of fig.
She added that in the second half of 2018, with Google’s further, consumers are not misled by advice that the only way they will be able to prevent the company from collecting data about the location, it was in order to stop the use of certain Google services, including Google Search and Google Maps.
The ACCC is seeking penalties and orders for the publication of corrective notices by Google.
A representative from Google Australia was not immediately available for comment.
Reporting by Aby Jose Koilparambil in Bengaluru; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman and Jane Wardell