Oracle claims Google exfiltrates 1GB of data from Android phones every month

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A fellow U.S. tech firm Oracle has reported that Google is prying on Australian mobile subscribers by not only tracking them but also collecting information related to a user's surfing patterns.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Ed MarkeyEdward (Ed) John MarkeyLawmakers press Amazon over child privacy protections in new Echo Wyden: I object to Trump's DHS cyber nomination over demands for Stingray information Democratic senators call for committee to investigate Cohen payments MORE (D-Mass.) asked Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chairman Joseph Simons to examine "the potential deceptive acts and practices used by Google to track and commoditize American consumers".

The senators say that Android users who enable the Location History feature "deepen the volume and invasiveness of collection across devices" by Google.

One example of this, the letter notes, is Google's ability to share blog posts about "holiday shopping habits" through the data it collects from users' Location History.

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For context, Oracle has actively been in court with Google for more than 5 years over whether Android's usage of Java was considered fair use, and is certainly not an unbiased party. Any location data that is sent back to Google location servers is anonymized and is not tied or traceable to a specific user. According to The Chronicle, these accusations were brought forward by Oracle, a computer technology corporation that has been involved in a long and bitter legal battle with Google over intellectual property that Oracle claimed Google stole. These apps also push ads to the users' phones via Google Mobile Services, and URLs are launched in web views that redirect to the kinds of "you won" scam pages.

At a time of increased scrutiny of companies that collect masses of user data, two United States senators are calling on federal regulators to investigate a Google product called Location History.

It is also quite alarming that the Oracle researchers seem to believe that the tech giant Google has been also including barometric pressure readings in its log.

It said the Oracle experts had claimed that the snooping went on even if the mobile had no SIM or if aeroplane mode was on.

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He said the information was "extremely interesting".

"The more we get into this inquiry the more we realise there are lots of issues (around) competition and privacy".

That inquiry will "look at the effect that digital search engines, social media platforms and other digital content aggregation platforms have on competition in media and advertising services markets".

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