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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It's the business model, baby
by benali72 on Fri 15th Feb 2013 17:32 UTC
benali72
Member since:
2008-05-03

Google is the business of monetarizing your personal information, just like Facebook. That's their business model. I can appreciate that not all regular folks will understand that, but it's kind of amazing that some people in IT don't get that. Geez, maybe schools should require something beyond just tech courses to get a BS or MS in CS.

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jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

Everyone knew Google had this data -- that's only logical. The concern is that they are then sharing it back to developers (for people who purchase/download their app obviously) when they say that they don't do that.

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JAlexoid Member since:
2009-05-19

The concern is that they are then sharing it back to developers (for people who purchase/download their app obviously) when they say that they don't do that.


Where did Google say that? (Also, it's only where there's a fulfilled order. Just downloading a free app provides the merchant with nothing)

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