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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This is as it should be in all app stores
by areks on Fri 15th Feb 2013 10:50 UTC
areks
Member since:
2008-11-10

As the article says: "they are my customers, not Google’s and not Apple’s customers. They download our products."

Google is the only one who is doing it correctly.

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bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12

As the article says: "they are my customers, not Google’s and not Apple’s customers. They download our products."

Google is the only one who is doing it correctly.


In that respect, you wouldn't mind if every time you made a purchase with your card, your bank sent in your email, address and name to the retailer.
After all, You Are the Retailer's customer and not the bank's, in this case.

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cjmuk Member since:
2013-01-16

If it is an online purchase, the retailer will usually require your address already, perhaps to deliver goods, to help validate payment details/identity, to determine warranty/support entitlement.

In the case of a purchase in a store, there is no need to pass on those details since the customer is given a receipt which proves what they purchased and when.

I think Google ought to be mindful of what they send developers and how it is used (information provided should not be shared etc), but I do think they should send the something to the developer.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Google is not a bank nor does it function as one so that comparison doesn't fly.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

As the article says: "they are my customers, not Google’s and not Apple’s customers. They download our products."

Google is the only one who is doing it correctly.

That being the case, kindly do not use the Playstore and require people to buy your app directly from you. If they're your customers, then you should assume all responsibilities for your product. Then the customers are aware what information they give you, and you get the information you want. To me, the Playstore is a retailer. Your products are being sold there, but that doesn't give you the right to have my personal information unless I expressly give it to you just as, for example, Apple has no right to my personal information if I purchase one of their products from Best Buy unless I expressly give it to them. Google should not be exempt from decency.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

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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