Google faces in­quiry over lo­ca­tion data col­lec­tion

The Sunday Guardian - - World - IANS.

SAN FRAN­CISCO: After Google re­port­edly con­firmed the prac­tice of gath­er­ing lo­ca­tion data from An­droid de­vices even when the ser­vice was dis­abled by users, reg­u­la­tors in South Korea sum­moned rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the tech gi­ant this week. Data pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials in Bri­tain are also look­ing into the mat­ter, CNNMoney re­ported on Fri­day. The probe in South Korea fol­lows a re­port by Quartz which found that An­droid phones have been col­lect­ing the ad­dresses of nearby mo­bile tow­ers—even when lo­ca­tion ser­vices are dis­abled—and send­ing that data back to Google. This makes search en­gine gi­ant and the unit of Al­pha­bet be­hind An­droid to have ac­cess to huge amount of data that in­vades their pri­vacy. Google re­port­edly con­firmed the move which was un­der­taken “to im­prove the speed and per­for­mance of mes­sage de­liv­ery”. The Korea Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (KCC) “is car­ry­ing out an in­quiry into the claims that Google col­lected users’ Cell ID data with­out con­sent even when their smart­phone’s lo­ca­tion ser­vice was in­ac­tive,” Chun Ji-hyun, head of KCC’s pri­vacy in­fringe­ment di­vi­sion, told CNNMoney on Fri­day. Google said An­droid phones are no longer re­quest­ing Cell ID codes, and col­lec­tion should be phased out this month. At least 25 mi­grants died after their boat sank off Libya’s west­ern coast on Satur­day and sur­vivors were be­ing brought back to port in Tripoli, Libyan coastguard of­fi­cials said. Libya is the main departure point for mostly African mi­grants try­ing to cross to Europe. Smug­glers usu­ally

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