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News Tech: The internet giant was charged by Australian regulators with deceiving customers about the gathering and use of their personal location data. The Federal Court has ordered Google to pay AU$60 million, or roughly $43 million, over the collecting of location data on Android phones, according to Australia’s consumer protection agency on Friday.

The fine stems from legal action the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission initiated back in 2019. The ACCC accused Google of “making misleading representations to consumers” about the collection and use of personal location data on Android devices between January 2017 and December 2018.

See Also: Yes, You Can Stop Google From Tracking You. Here’s How Google took steps in December 2018 to fix the information found to be misleading. On Friday, a spokesperson for Google said the company has worked to simplify the management of location data.

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