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Australia probing Google over collecting user data via Android smartphones

Alphabet Inc.-owned Google Inc. is being investigated in Australia over allegations of data harvesting, Reuters reported, citing regulators.

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and its Privacy Commissioner are reportedly targeting Google after allegations brought by Oracle Corp. surfaced in a report that the company filed as part of a review.

Oracle had said Alphabet receives detailed data from Android users on internet searches and user locations, reportedly collecting data from millions of smartphone users.

The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner said May 14 that officials have met Oracle and are considering the information it provided on Google location services.

Australian telecom operators are also seeking confirmation from Google regarding the reported allegations.