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Google Play hands your personal info to each developer with every app purchase

0. phoneArena 14 Feb 2013, 16:19 posted on

Since it appears to be by design, it would not be called a flaw, but does digital media require disclosing personal info...

This is a discussion for a news. To read the whole news, click here

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 19:49

30. D_Tech-tive (Posts: 104; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)

Most are the same apps on Apple but at least most we don't have to pay for.

If most were rogue or useless there wouldn't be no Android Eco system you see today which covers more phones and people than Apple.

Android fans don't just accept stuff like Ifollowers cause Apple says so.

My apps work fine! Now I have come across some that didn't work properly but that happens when you have so many different phones with different specs using the same software.

Not a problem for Apple since choice is VERY limited to say the least!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 20:45 1

35. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5993; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)

The information is not doled out to all developers. Only those you have purchased an app from. Or visited their app page. If you don't want information shared while you are visiting a developers app page (but before purchasing), don't log into the Play store and use anonymous browsing.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 22:13

43. Jonathan41 (Posts: 532; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)

I'm scared for my life...

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 22:47 1

46. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


How do ppl that buy things online think its done, magic fairy dust?

Do they somehow thing iOS devs ...dont...hve access to the same info? Either the iOS devs do....or Apple does...one or the other.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 22:55

47. samystic (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

rogue??? please read the news again... and i m not selectively mentioning anything

useless??? please generate a list of 10 apps that are required everyday (irrespective whether you have internet connection or no)... i do not consider games as apps... so please deduct 50% from that list

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:43 1

52. VZWuser76 (Posts: 4682; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)

You called the apps rogue in your comment, saying that most of the apps in the playstore were "rogue and useless". When I said baseless (not useless), I meant that you had no proof of your claim that MOST of the apps are rogue and useless.

As far as the apps being useful or not is irrelevant. What's useful to you may not be to me, and vice versa. In reality, NO apps in ANY app store (Google's, Apple's, Microsoft's, Blackberry's, etc.) are NECESSARY for everyday. That implies that a person can't survive the day without them. And there is not a SINGLE app that will mean someone dying if they don't use it.

ALL I was saying was that you had no proof of your claims. It would be no different than me saying that most people from New York are rude. I can make the claim but I have no proof that it's true. Unless you can show me facts that say that over 50% of Play Store apps are rogue, you are making a baseless claim. Anything else is your opinion, which like a**holes, everyone has one.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 03:46

57. techtruth (Posts: 30; Member since: 07 Feb 2013)


posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:32 4

4. dsDoan (Posts: 233; Member since: 28 Dec 2011)

I don't know why devs are sent this info, but if you gave permission when you agreed to the ToS, then Google hasn't done anything wrong.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 18:46 2

23. NexusKoolaid (Posts: 493; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Illegal and wrong are two different things. The ToS gives them legal protection, but still doesn't make this a good idea.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 15:28

74. donked (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

They have to be able to provide proof of purchase. No different than paypal.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:33 5

5. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

Love Google, but never been a fan of their privacy policy

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:33 2

6. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)

Since the apps always warn about what it can use from the personal datas, I don't care what else the developer get. What can they do? Nothing big, why would a developer mess with my, little ant citizen's information anyway?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:45

8. Cha7520 (Posts: 221; Member since: 31 Oct 2010)


posted on 14 Feb 2013, 20:37 2

34. joey_sfb (Posts: 6410; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Do you see what i see? Apple fan boys in full force. Most of them might not use Android device to begin with.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 16:50 2

9. appanji (Posts: 4; Member since: 15 Dec 2012)

thanks to illegal apps, so google can kizz my azz getting my info, all my apps and downloaded outside :), so as long as u dont pay for the apps, ur info is safe.. NICE !!!

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 18:06 1

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 6410; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Yup! Good luck to you, that how 99% of android device get infected by malware.

Besides, those information is hardly detail enough compare to your stealing everything about you through a trojan horse

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 17:03 2

10. jdubis (Posts: 14; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)

Its for legal reasons. This information is needed in the event of a lawsuit or patent infringment case. For example look at instagram.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 17:12 4

11. Owlet (Posts: 450; Member since: 21 Feb 2011)

You know what, when I go and buy something in a store, they have A LOT more information about me than just my name and email. They have my credit card numbers, my address, my name, my telephone number, depending on what I buy, they also have my SS number.
Maybe we're being a little overexcited here?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 17:32 2

12. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Nice comparison, but not quite, as the majority of companies have something called a reputation to protect. Small time developers are not exactly a trusted source, comprende? Scrawl your personal info and credit card numbers on the seat of a city transit bus, and then you'll begin to understand..

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 18:08 3

16. joey_sfb (Posts: 6410; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

The screen shot does not show credit card information to developers. Are you sure about what you are saying?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:15 1

49. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Yea....it never said credit card info. Another example of this guy....not posting facts..but posting...something else.

The article said name, address, and email address.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 18:29 2

21. samystic (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

privacy does not exist in Google's dictionary

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 19:48 1

29. jacko1977 (Posts: 428; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)

i dont see anything wrong ? can someone point out where the problems are ?

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 20:05

31. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

Relax: there is no problem! Now please excuse me while I use your name, addy, and banking info to distribute fake cheques ;o)

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 22:57 1

48. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

If people are paranoid of people having name, addy and banking info from purchases from your smartphone or website....they better not buy anything online.

Better not buy anything from iTunes...or buy iOS games. No matter what OS or platform you use, desktop or mobile.....there is a chance for wrong doing with your info.

posted on 14 Feb 2013, 23:17

51. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

Btw....this article is about name, address and email adress. Not credit info, Not banking info.

Nice try trying to add extra fuel to the article tho.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 11:23

65. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)

The reality is that Android is inherently insecure, and personal data is being hijacked and stolen on a regular basis without the knowledge of the victims...

The only fuel being added is by diehard Android fans attempting to defend irresponsible or negligent actions by Google and individual Android developers.

posted on 15 Feb 2013, 17:13

68. jroc74 (Posts: 6019; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)

So....every body that uses Ebay and pay pal...are irresponsible?

I suggest you sell something on Ebay...and try to have this conversation again. I'm pretty sure there are ways Google can take the necessary steps in case any wrong doing happens...just like with Ebay. You can put your bank and credit card info in a site you think is fine....only to have fraud happen.

But thanks for being concerned about Android users... :/

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 15:21

72. donked (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

You're using Google wallet when you purchase through the Play store. Which in turn creates a virtual cc number. Nice try though. Even if they wanted to try and rip you off they wouldn't be able to. On top of which CC info is not delivered, only enough information to show proof of sale. This is no different than paypal. Not even in the slightest. What's even more interesting about these apple fanboys is that they troll posts like this when they bought their macbook on ebay, using paypal, because the industry standard hardware was to too expensive to buy new. Congrats even account on ebay definitely has a reputation to uphold, certainly wouldn't be ANY malice there.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 15:25

73. donked (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)

Your point is that SE linux is insecure? Is that where you're going with this? Is it any less than secure than having your iPhone decrypt itself? Or how about the program that decrypts iCloud information? Is that less secure?

Users make the devices insecure. And as far as I know both apple and android both have users. And to a large extent the applications are the same across both platforms.

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