‘Google misleads the user about location information’


AA | Friday, April 16, 2021 – 16:41 | Last Updated: 16 04 2021 – 16:51

The Australian judiciary ruled that Google misled its users of location information collected via Android devices between January 2017 and December 2018.

The Australian Federal Court has determined that the “location history” settings that users encounter when creating a new Google account during the installation of the company’s mobile operating system Android are misleading.

The court stated that Google pointed out that the “location history” option is the only account setting for storing, processing and using users ‘personal location data, whereas the “web and app activity” setting also allows Google to collect users’ location histories.

Noting that this option is active as default on Android devices even if the user does not allow data collection in the “location history” setting, the court stated that users are misled about this.

Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, stressed that the verdict was a strong message to Google and other large companies, saying, “The court ruling is an important victory, especially for consumers who are concerned about their online privacy.” made its evaluation.

Google officials, on the other hand, emphasized that they disagree with the court’s finding and that they are considering options, including appealing to the Supreme Court for an appeal.

In the statement, it was noted that attention is paid to strict control of the location information of users on all platforms of Google.