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Regulators found that telecom service customers are unknowingly paying for gigabytes of mobile data mined by the USA tech giant.

Even when an individual's location service is disabled, Android would gather the addresses of nearby cellular towers and then share this data with Google, a practice it began at the start of 2017, according to the Quartz report.

With the number of Android users in Australia around 10 million, if Google were to pay to collect their data, the price tag at current data costs would be somewhere between $432 and $540 million annually.

The spin-doctors of API apparently made a specific presentation to the ACCC as part of an existing inquiry into digital platforms, called by Australian media giants concerned about the effect of Google and Facebook on advertising markets in the region.

Google, which has been fighting Oracle in court for years over the code used in Android, hit back at its nemesis by pointing out that Oracle is a major player in the behind-the-scenes trafficking in people's data.

Manchester United, Liverpool Reportedly Set for New Club World Cup Invitation
The Times is reporting that the first tournament could take place in 2021 with China said to be keen to host the competition. He adds that the Swiss is expected to call an emergency Fifa Council meeting in early June in a bid to get the green light.

With the Android P announcement, Google reveals that with the imminent release of the operating system update, the company wants to focus on simplicity. But it said the spokesman had claimed that users could see what data was collected if they went to the My Account tab in Settings and they could also control it. They also argue that that despite Google's characterization of the feature as "opt-in", their investigation of the service "found that the consent process frequently mischaracterizes the service and degrades the functionality of products in order to push users into providing permission". Australia's Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is reportedly reviewing Oracle's findings.

The company further mentions 38 more apps which divert the traffic to various dodgy websites instead of functioning as advertised. The tech giant's use of location data when users aren't logged into the map App, is less clear.

"We investigate how users know about the use of their location data, and work closely with the Privacy Commissioner", said Geesche Jacobsen, a spokesman for the competition regulator.

After the wrap up of the Google 2018 I/O keynote, the main announcement for Android users worldwide is the launch of the latest Android P. According to him, "The ACCC met with Oracle and is considering information it has provided about Google services".

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