The ACCC filed the lawsuit against Google in Federal Court today. They will seek financial penalties in addition to changes to how the multibillion-dollar company obtains data from its customers.
A spokeswoman for Google Australia said the company would defend its activities.
This follows the ACCC’s exhaustive, 18-month investigation in to digital platforms in Australia that made 23 recommendations, such as changes to Google’s telephones, the Privacy Act, and the introduction of a privacy code for tech firms in Australia.
The new lawsuit makes allegations against Google by alleging it broke Australian Consumer Law involving January 2017 and over 2018 by deceiving Australians about the range of location information Google was collecting from them.