Google asked the media to play down Google Play "flaw"
0. phoneArena 16 Feb 2013, 23:27 posted on
You might recall that last week we told you that Google appears to hand over your personal information to the developer with each purchase of an app from the Google Play Store; the original story was published by the News.com.au web which later amended by the site at the request of Google which had an issue with the use of the word 'flaw' in the original headline...
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52. hepresearch (unregistered)
Wow... another rumor of a big corporation doing something dishonest and/or untrustworthy? How shocking and unusual...
64. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3074; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
How is this dishonest or untrustworthy? It's no different than a receipt for a purchase. They'd need your name & email to be able to verify you purchased the app when an update comes out or if you do a factory reset. They'd need your CC number to be able to bill you. They'd need a some form of physical address to verify the billing info, otherwise anyone with just your CC number could use it. You also have to figure that these devs needs receipts that can be verified for tax purposes. They aren't getting your street address, SSN, or DOB.
If what they're doing is dishonest, then EVERY online retailer is as well.
65. hepresearch (unregistered)
I wasn't saying it was. Note the use of the word "rumor." This was meant to be sarcastic. How many times do we hear the crying and complaining about things being dishonest or untrustworthy, or unfair, and it turns out to be relatively benign and unintentional? Better yet, how many times do we keep acting surprised when somebody really DOES do something not-so-nice, even though the same kind of thing goes on all the time everywhere else? Either way, whether it is true that wrong was done or not, what do people expect when they are all looking for their fix of the shock and rumor-mongering?
58. Whateverman (Posts: 3242; Member since: 17 May 2009)
It's time for Google to change a few things up here. Harmless or not, people don't like hearing their Gmail accounts are searched for keywords. Or that their address is being published without their knowledge. It doesn't matter if it's harmful or not, it's still very bad PR.
59. VZWuser76 (Posts: 3074; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Apparently no one saw the stuff I posted in the earlier story about this. The info they have is less than what an online retailer you use would have. I posted a screenshot a dev posted on another site. Basically, they have your name, email address, and city, state, and ZIP code. They DO NOT have your street address, SSN, DOB, etc. Anytime you buy over the internet, you give out much more info. So unless you're planning to go back to only buying from physical stores in person, it ain't any worse than anyone else.
I was worried about it at first, but after seeing the screenshot a dev posted, I wasn't worried. Its possible a dev could fraudulently charge your card, but so could an employee at any company you use a card at. Everytime you swipe that card or enter the number on the computer you open yourself up to possible fraud.