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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false outrage
by TechGeek on Fri 15th Feb 2013 15:48 UTC
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Correct me if I am wrong, pls. When I buy an app, that app has access to certain info from my device. Can't the app send the same info back to the company anyway? So whats the big deal for Google to send the info too?

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RE: false outrage
by jared_wilkes on Fri 15th Feb 2013 19:43 in reply to "false outrage"
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The app could send this same information to the developer but the developer would have to submit that app with notices that it does so and the user would be informed of such when they purchase.

Google isn't doing this. And it's clear they aware of this because they specifically say this is how it always has been and is intended. But in their privacy statements, you'll find that they only mention this for magazine or other subscription-based content (because they have to cow to the publisher's desires to market to them when it comes to magazines) but make absolutely no mention of the fact that this is happening for all apps.

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