Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 08:21 UTC
Google "Sebastian Holst makes yoga mobile apps with his wife, a yoga instructor. The Mobile Yogi is sold in all the major mobile app stores. But when someone buys his app in the Google Play store, Holst automatically gets something he says he didn't ask for: the buyer's full name, location and email address. He says consumers are not aware that Google Inc. is sharing their personal information with third parties. No other app store transmits users' personal information to third-party developers when they buy apps, he said." Oh Google.
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That's one guy's comments. His own editor, and probably the most knowledgeable journalist on Google -- Danny Sullivan, disagrees with him:

"Google's privacy policies don't make clear this is happening, something Google probably needs to correct," Sullivan said. "I sure had no idea that Google Play did this."

And two other developers disagree as well:

"Google is not taking reasonable steps to ensure that this data is used correctly," said Holst, whose app has 120,000 users.

"Under no circumstances should I be able to get the information of the people who are buying my apps unless they opt into it and it's made crystal clear to them that I’m getting this information," Nolan said.

So, no, the article doesn't say Google is doing it right. It expresses several viewpoints on the matter, and the majority of the proffered opinions are absolutely against it.

Edited 2013-02-15 19:32 UTC

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