A Google spokesperson said the company had users' permission to collect data.

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.

Volvo and Google first teamed up past year when Volvo first announced it would be using an Android-based infotainment system in future cars.

The senators say that Android users who enable the Location History feature "deepen the volume and invasiveness of collection across devices" by Google. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is investigating claims that Google harvests private data from Android users.


The Google Assistant connects with all in-car functions, allowing the driver to control things such as air conditioning, apps, and even send messages by using voice commands, while the integration of Google Maps gives real-time map and traffic data.

The Australian investigation is linked to allegations made in an Oracle report about the impact of Google and Facebook on the advertising market.

We discussed Google's utter disregard for your privacy in numerous announcements seen at I/O 2018 keynote, on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.

Oracle further claims that this data transfers to Google, which could be up to gigabytes per month, and is being paid by the users themselves.


However, beaming that much data back to Google costs gigabytes of mobile data that customers have unknowingly have been unknowingly paying for thinking that it reflects their data usage.

While Google's initial response refuted numerous claims made by Quartz, and explained again and again how Google and Android handles sensitive location data, the letter to the FTC again uses the report as its main basis.

Australian Privacy Foundation's head David Vaile noted that many mobile plans offer customers a few gigabytes of mobile data.

He added that one could choose not to opt in to location sharing and claimed Oracle's presentation was "sleight of hand".


Google, which is now being investigated as part of the ACCC's inquiry into digital platforms, has been accused of paying telco providers to send the tech company users' data. However, at the time, the search giant assured that they would soon end such practices.

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