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The claims were made by Oracle as part of evidence provided to an Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) investigation into the internet giant, amid claims that Google is secretly tracking the movements of all Android users.

AUSTRALIANS ARE reportedly "paying for the privilege" of having their data harvested by Google.

The Daily Telegraph reports that the ACCC brought in experts from Oracle for information on an inquiry into "digital platforms including Google and Facebook", particularly in regards to consumer knowledge of location data usage. It said that 1GB of data costs about $3.60 (roughly Rs. 242) to $4.50 (roughly Rs. 303) per month, and with over 10 million Android phone users in Australia, Google would have had to pay around $445 million (roughly Rs. 3,000 crore) to $580 million (roughly Rs. 3,900 crore) a year. These apps also push ads to the users' phones via Google Mobile Services, and URLs are launched in web views that redirect to the kinds of "you won" scam pages. Also, removing the SIM card does not stop it. Only turning off a phone prevents monitoring, it says.

According to Oracle, Google is accessing information such as barometric pressure readings and coordinates, which could be used to work out whether someone is located outside or in a shopping centre.

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Google then uses this information to help advertisers.

Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Last month Google had confirmed the list of smartphones that featured this functionality and it included four versions of Google's Pixel phones - Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL - and the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P.

"My people are looking into it", the ACCC's Mr Sims told News Corp Australia.

It seems like the tech giant Google might have some tough days ahead.

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"The more we get into this inquiry the more we realise there are lots of issues (around) competition and privacy".

Like many of Oracle's corporate tactics, this presentation is sleight of hand, not facts, and given that Oracle markets itself as the world's biggest data broker, they know it.

While in Australia the Oracle experts have also shown their findings to some journalists. He said location sharing was opt in.

A Google spokesman declined to answer specific questions but did say users can see what data is collected and how it's used in "My Account, and control it".

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