Google was fined $43 million for misleading users


Australia’s competition watchdog announced Friday that Alphabet Inc.’s Google unit. ( GOOGL.O ) has been ordered by the country’s Federal Court to pay 60 million Australian dollars ($42.7 million) in penalties for misleading users about the collection of their personal location data .

The court found that Google misled some customers about the personal location data collected through Android mobile devices between January 2017 and December 2018.

Google misled users into thinking that setting “location history” on their Android phones was the only way location data could be collected by it. In fact, a web activity monitoring feature and of applications also allowed the collection and storage of local data, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) found.

The watchdog, which estimates 1.3 million Google account users in Australia may have been affected, began proceedings against the company in October 2019.

Google took remedial action in 2018, the regulator said.

In an emailed announcement, Google revealed that it has fixed the problem and made location information manageable and easy to understand.

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