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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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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bowkota Member since:
2011-10-12


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.


When you make a purchase of an app (even if it's free) you have the option to receive a receipt for it. There's no need for anyone to give away your personal info. Especially without your consent.

And if you want the correct analogy, Google in this case can be treated as the Retailer. When you go to Selfridges and you buy a Samsung TV, they are by no means entitled to pass along any information to Samsung without your consent. Why is Google doing it in this case?

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siraf72 Member since:
2006-02-22

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 my experience it's up to the payment gateway provider to validate the payment info, not the seller. Unless the seller is authorised to process payments themselves (which they tend not to be).

Any warranty or support is based on a transaction ID not the purchasers personal details.

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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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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Okay, imagine if WalMart, Best Buy, Target, Staples, Amazon, or any other retailer handed over your personal identification to every manufacturer of a product you purchased in their store.

Is that analogy accurate and repugnant enough for you?

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