Australia’s competition watchdog said on Friday Alphabet Inc’s Google unit had been ordered by the country’s Federal Court to pay a $60 million AUD (about 340 crore) fine for misleading users in the collect their personal location data.
Court Find Google misled several customers about personal location data collected through their Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018.
Google Users misled users into believing that the “location history” setting on their Android phones was the only way location data could be collected, as web and app activity monitoring also allows local data collection and storage, says the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC).
The watchdog, which estimates that 1.3 million Google account users in Australia may have been affected, started proceedings against the company and its local unit in October 2019. .
Last month, Google fined Russia’s competition watchdog was fined for abusing its dominant position in the video hosting market, the regulator said in a statement. Alphabet’s Google has been ordered by the regulator to pay a fine of RUB 2 billion (about Rs 260). The decision is the latest multi-million dollar fine in the framework of Moscow’s increasingly assertive campaign against foreign technology companies. The Federal Antitrust Agency (FAS) said the company “abused its dominant position in the YouTube video hosting services market”, without providing further details.
“We will study the text of the final decision to determine our next steps,” Google said in a statement to Reuters.
Google must pay the fine within two months of it going into effect, the FAS said.
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