All posts tagged: privacy

Google pays US$43 million for misleading Australian users

An Australian court has just ordered Google to pay US$42.7 because it misled users on how much data the Tech giant was collecting on them through their android devices, The Blaze reports. According to the suit, Google was in violation of Australian Consumer Law when it misled an estimated 1.3 million Google account holders and tracked their personal locations. Google has agreed to pay the fine. The Blaze explains: “This significant penalty imposed by the Court today sends a strong message to digital platforms and other businesses, large and small, that they must not mislead consumers about how their data is being collected and used,” said ACCC Chair Gina Cass-Gottlieb. “Personal location data is sensitive and important to some consumers, and some of the users who saw the representations may have made different choices about the collection, storage and use of their location data if the misleading representations had not been made by Google,” Cass-Gottlieb added. READ: Google ordered to pay $43 million by Australian court for misleading users Apparently, this is not the only …

Covid and Privacy

Many people ask me if I have been vaccinated. Since I have been vaccinated in my childhood for diseases such as polio, I could honestly say yes. If people ask, and they do, if I have my Covid vaccines, well that’s a different story. I consider my personal health records private. There are other things I consider private as well like my credit information and alarm codes for security systems. Not too many people would come up to me and ask me for my credit card number. It’d be none of their business. Fewer still would randomly ask me the alarm codes for the church. Why would they? It would be something that does not concern them and it would be stupid of me to share c=such vital information. The COVID vaccine, which as a matter of my personal health record, ought to be in the same category as none of your concern or your business. But the people who demand an answer to this question believe their need to know outweighs my right to …