IT’S THE LAW (04/20/2021)
Australia’s federal court ruling against Google location setting may set a precedent for court cases and laws worldwide. Google denies wrongdoing, but Australia’s Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) claims Google misled consumers into believing their personal location on Android could be turned off at setup via Location History. In fact, a setting for “Web & App Activity” accesses location by default and customers were not informed. The ACCC seeks a series of penalties and compliance orders as part of settlement.