They believe users might also be unaware that with Bluetooth turned on, location data (including movement) is gathered from beacons, where these are in use.
The report worked out the cost of the data by calculating that one GB of data costs between $3.60 and $4.50 and multiplying that by 10 million, the number of Australians who own Android phones. The ACCC is particularly concerned that digital platforms like Google and Facebook have tremendous influence on the advertising market.
The voice-controlled Google Assistant, Google Play Store, Google Maps and other Google services will be added to Volvo's next-generation Sensus infotainment system which itself is based on Google's smartphone and tablet technology.
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.
Oracle, according to The Australian newspaper, said Alphabet receives detailed information about people's internet searches and user locations if they have a phone that carries Android - the mobile operating system developed by Google.
According to reports: "Google has mapped IP addresses, Wi-Fi connection points, and mobile towers".
Google told the news outlet in November that the location information was never stored or used; it was rather used to "further improve the speed and performance of message delivery". "We are exploring how much consumers know about the use of location data and are working closely with the privacy commissioner".
At a time of increased scrutiny of companies that collect masses of user data, two U.S. senators are calling on federal regulators to investigate a Google product called Location History. The latest of these discoveries is a set of apps that has managed to reappear in the Play store even after we alerted Google and the original app was removed. They also argue that that despite Google's characterization of the feature as "opt-in", their investigation of the service "found that the consent process frequently mischaracterizes the service and degrades the functionality of products in order to push users into providing permission".