Consumer groups all over 7 European nations have filed GDPR grievances in opposition to location tracking by Google, as per media reports. BEUC (The European Consumer Organisation), of which every group is a member, states that “deceptive practices” by Google around location tracking do not offer consumer a real choice about whether to switch it on, and that Google does not properly tell them about what this tracking involves. If upheld, the grievances might indicate a hefty penalty for the search behemoth.
The grievances, which each group has registered to their national authorities for data protection in keeping with GDPR regulations, follows after the wake of the discovery that the firm is capable of tracking consumer’s location even when the option for “Location History” is disabled. A different setting, dubbed as “Web and App Activity,” which is turned on by default, must be switched off to completely avoid tracking of the location.
On a related note, earlier it claimed that Google will be smacked with a record EU (European Union) penalty for employing its Android handset system to strengthen its search kingdom. The penalty (expected to be handed down this week) is anticipated to shadow the 2.1 Billion Pounds monopoly exploitation fine Google gave in 2017 over its Internet shopping business. This will escalate the war between Brussels and Silicon Valley, the media claimed.
Margrethe Vestager, the competition chief of European Commission, has been inspecting Google for 3 Years over grumbles that the firm unlawfully forces handset makers to download its applications. It offers its Android OS to handset makers for free, but obliges them to exclusivity deals that push them to download Google’s search engine and web browser if they employ Google Play, the report claimed. Opponents state that this contains abuse of Android’s 74% share of the handset industry of Europe and damages rival browsers and search engines.