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Australian regulator sues Google for misleading about personal data use

Regulator says practice allowed Alphabet Inc unit to link the names and other ways to identify consumers with their behaviour elsewhere on the internet

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Australia's competition regulator has launched court proceedings against Alphabet's Google for allegedly misleading consumers about the expanded use of personal data for targeted advertising.

The case by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in Federal Court said Google did not explicitly get consent nor properly inform consumers about a 2016 move to combine personal information in Google accounts with activities on non-Google websites that use its technology.

The regulator said this practice allowed the Alphabet Inc unit to link the names and other ways to identify consumers with their behaviour elsewhere on the internet.

Google did not immediately respond

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First Published: Jul 27 2020 | 8:03 AM IST

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