According to ACCC charges, the technology company had not properly advised Australian users on how to protect their data. During the 2017-2018 time period, Google did not tell users that they should do specific actions, such as disable the "Location History" setting on their Android device as well as the "Web and Application Activity" setting so that it does not store data location Google.
The ACCC claims that the company had given users the impression that the only thing they needed to turn off was the History setting. This means it has misled users.
"We claim that Google misled users as it never mentioned that another setting should also be disabled," said ACCC President Rod Sims.
"Many users consciously choose to turn off settings to stop collecting site data, but we claim that Google's behavior may have prevented some users from doing so."
Also, the ACCC claims that last year (during the second half) Google had advised users not to use their services Maps and Search if they do not want their location data to be collected. In reality, however, disabling the two settings above was enough.
Another category of ACCC concerns the use of location data by Google or rather what Google says about data usage and what it really does.
“Since March 2017, when a user goes to settings "Web and Application activity" Google displays on-screen messages saying that location data is collected and used only by Google so that users can use its services, "the committee said. The same message began to appear in the setting for "Location History" from May 2018.
However, the Committee claims that Google also uses data for other purposes for which it does not inform users.