Google: Oh, Oh, Another Example of a Government Not Being Googley

August 12, 2022

I read “Google LLC to Pay $60 Million for Misleading Representations.” The write up reports, if the information is spot on:

The Federal Court [of Australia] has ordered Google LLC to pay $60 million in penalties for making misleading representations to consumers about the collection and use of their personal location data on Android phones between January 2017 and December 2018, following court action by the ACCC. The Court previously found that Google LLC and Google Australia Pty Ltd (together, Google) had breached the Australian Consumer Law by representing to some Android users that the setting titled “Location History” was the only Google account setting that affected whether Google collected, kept and used personally identifiable data about their location. In fact, another Google account setting titled “Web & App Activity” also enabled Google to collect, store and use personally identifiable location data when it was turned on, and that setting was turned on by default.

What did this decision tell me? The Australian Court is not Googley. Ah, lawyers.

Stephen E Arnold, August , 2022


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