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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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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bouhko Member since:
2010-06-24

I think both analogies can stand and both visions are correct in some regards. The problem is, app stores are kind of new, so not everybody has the same expectations for them.

Google should make it very clear to Android users that their informations will be shared with the developer. They should probably add a checkbox to allow/disallow that.

Or maybe Google should setup a proxy email address for every Play store user (user23409234@play.google.com) and share that email address with the developer. This would allow the developers to contact their users but still protected the privacy of users.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

Only if WalMart, Best Buy, Target, Staples were listing the product information in their stores and only handled the financial side of the order. Then they would have to send that information to the manufacturer to fulfil that order.

Amazon actually does that exact thing, where the manufacturer lists their own goods in their Amazon store-front and it's not "sold by Amazon".

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