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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Obviously a bug
by bowkota on Fri 15th Feb 2013 08:50 UTC
bowkota
Member since:
2011-10-12

This is clearly a bug no way it could ever be intentional.

However it's strange this story has been out for a few days and noone is really aware of it. If it had been a certain fruit company everyone would be rioting.

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RE: Obviously a bug
by Thom_Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 08:53 in reply to "Obviously a bug"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

It's on every technology site, Calimero.

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RE[2]: Obviously a bug
by bowkota on Fri 15th Feb 2013 09:33 in reply to "RE: Obviously a bug"
bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

It's on every technology site, Calimero.


Err no it's not. This was first reported approximately two days ago. If it had been about Apple you would have seen frontage headlines within minutes, everywhere (for ex. the lock screen bug, where the ones concerning Android seem to get lost).

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RE: Obviously a bug
by MOS6510 on Fri 15th Feb 2013 09:05 in reply to "Obviously a bug"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12

It could be a bug, if if you read the article it mentions Google defends sending this information to developers.

I guess it should be allowed IF (IF!!!) the user/customer was made fully aware and has to opt in (not out).

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RE[2]: Obviously a bug
by sdeber on Mon 18th Feb 2013 13:34 in reply to "RE: Obviously a bug"
sdeber Member since:
2005-07-06

Agreed. This is clearly a bug because this kind of service under no circumstance can be free. It is always subject to a fee.

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RE[2]: Obviously a bug
by JAlexoid on Wed 20th Feb 2013 14:24 in reply to "RE: Obviously a bug"
JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

You, specifically, can't opt out. Dutch and EU law requires that information be shared in case of electronic transactions.

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RE: Obviously a bug
by Soulbender on Fri 15th Feb 2013 10:11 in reply to "Obviously a bug"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

If it had been a certain fruit company everyone would be rioting.


Man, it's so hard to be persecuted, eh?

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RE[2]: Obviously a bug
by darknexus on Fri 15th Feb 2013 13:11 in reply to "RE: Obviously a bug"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

"If it had been a certain fruit company everyone would be rioting.


Man, it's so hard to be persecuted, eh?
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Much as I hate to be defending Apple this time, the OP is absolutely correct. There's definitely a double standard in place for Apple in the tech media, particularly though not exclusively when compared to Google. If Apple had been the one doing this, everyone would have been up in arms, torches lit, ready to burn down Apple HQ and any other buildings around them just to make sure the deed was done. When Google does it, not only do we get some people giving them the benefit of the doubt but we even have some that claim Google are in the right to do this. If that's not a double standard, I don't know what is. For myself, I say no app store should give away customers' information without explicitly asking the customer and the customer should have to opt in, not opt out.

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