Australian regulator: Google misled users over data privacy

  • Monday 27, July 2020 08:38 PM
  • Australian regulator: Google misled users over data privacy
Sharjah 24 – BNA: Australia’s competition regulator on Monday accused Alphabet’s Google of misleading consumers to get permission for use of their personal data for targeted advertising, seeking a fine “in the millions” and aiming to establish a precedent.
The move comes as scrutiny grows worldwide over data privacy, with U.S. and European lawmakers recently focusing on how tech companies treat user data.

In court documents, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission accused Google of not explicitly getting consent or properly informing consumers of a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with browsing activities on non-Google websites.

The change allowed Google to link the browsing behavior of millions of consumers with their names and identities, providing it with extreme market power, the regulator added.

However, Google said the change was optional and consumer consent was sought through prominent and easy-to-understand notifications.

The regulator, through its action in Australia’s Federal Court, wanted to establish the common law on what providers in various jurisdictions could do, and was potentially seeking “millions” in damages, he added, without specifying a figure.