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...
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33. papss (unregistered)
I have a huge problem with this... I don't need more people watching me..and yes it's an invasion of my privacy
37. MartianMe (unregistered)
A bigggg....f**k YOU!!! for that one google.
40. Whateverman (Posts: 3196; Member since: 17 May 2009)
I have a huge problem with this, but I did check my Google Wallet under the Payment Method and I see only my zipcode is on file. Guess I never gave that info, who knows but at least it appears my physical address isn't being given out. It also allows you to edit your address so for those who may not like this either, check it out.
41. Jonathan41 (Posts: 527; Member since: 22 Mar 2012)
It says "shipping information" right over the address. I'm sure Google wallet gives the address by default because things that are bought online usually need to be shipped. This is surly not the end of the world. It's not like your going to have to move because you bought something form the Play Store. Calm down people.
44. noim1 (Posts: 297; Member since: 15 May 2012)
Name & email is understandable , but why Address ???? !!! i am not purchasing something which needs to b delivered to my home !!! Google needs to fix this ..i am really Mad !!!
75. donked (Posts: 4; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
Because you can purchase things directly from google search with google wallet.
I don't think it would be that hard for them to make so app store purchases didn't display address, but then again I don't know if it's for tax purposes, etc.
59. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)
how hard is it to just collect only the information that is needed? jeez.
62. gallison1983 (Posts: 41; Member since: 19 Dec 2012)
It's funny to see so many Android fans shrug this one off as no big deal. I guarantee that if this was an Apple article there would be a call for the torches, pitchforks, and doomsday rhetoric.
Your Google Play Store account gives out addresses because the Play Store can be used to order physical devices that require shipping. The problem is that where the handing out of addresses should be contextual it is obviously not. If I download a free app from the Play Store, the dev has no need for my address. This goes against standard practices with Information Security. You only expose the minimal amount of information needed to get the job done.
64. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
People overreact to this in the wrong way...they act like only Google does this...all companies have your info when you buy something from them with anything but cash.
63. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
You can always buy Google play store credit then use that credit to purchase items...I checked my info and my address is not given out...just another article for people to overreact on...I mean iOS purchases are much more secure...lol
66. JunitoNH (Posts: 888; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)
Well.....you have to be dumb to even consider doing official transactions with an Android device i.e. banking, mortgage, credit card etc. When using my SGNx I use an alternative Gmail email, not my work one.
67. networkdood (Posts: 6267; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
lol, I mean you make sense when you say use an alternative email account to make transactions. However, I have made several transaction on 3 different Android devices without issue...you should have to know what you are doing...same goes for any phone.
70. WitchMX (Posts: 2; Member since: 17 Feb 2013)
OMG! now we all are going to die!! they have my address!! Baby Jesus save us!
71. mmldi (Posts: 1; Member since: 19 Feb 2013)
I hope all you people realize that the info is needed for 1 reason: taxes.
It's also nothing that isn't already publicly available. Name and address is what we're all scared of? Really?
The only thing I'd question is email, but that's about it.