Microsoft keeps Scroogled fire burning: new ad criticizes Google Play store privacy
In a half a minute ad spot, a hypothetical user of the official Android app catalog is informed that all of his data could be sent to developers in breach of his privacy. The ad comes nearly two months after an Australian developer raised a red flag after discovering this unnecessary collection of personal information.
"We think we have a better alternative that doesn't do these kinds of nefarious things," Greg Sullivan of Microsoft's Windows Phone team said.
The Windows Phone Marketplace works similarly to Apple’s App Store, and they both differ from the Google Play approach. The crux of the problem is that Google treats developers as sellers and directly negotiates app sales between the developer and customer. Personal data Google considers necessary is thus sent directly to developers. In Microsoft’s and Apple’s case, the transaction goes through the actual companies, and only then the payment is transferred from the company to the developer.
It is not the approach that is criticized, though. What’s problematic is that data that seems unnecessary is passed on to developers - customers’ email, name and neighbourhood.
“Most app makers are trustworthy,” the new Microsoft ad says. “However, in the wrong hands, who knows what they’ll do with your info?”
Even though we don’t like bashing ad campaigns, this time it seems that the ad asks a valid question. Why it’s obviously not a first-world problem, such issues should be addressed. Take a look at it below.
source: Scroogled Truth
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1. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 366; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
Google Play>>Apple’s App Store & Windows Phone Marketplace
16. anywherehome (Posts: 971; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)
yes, with iOS you don't know what you're installing (iPhone+iPad most vulnerable OS in the world!! goo [dot] gl/WF2kj ).....with Google Play you know exactly what an app can do before installation
btw, poor Microsoft with its bribery through the whole world is not able to compete so has to play dirty...
2. exsymbian (Posts: 6; Member since: 22 Mar 2013)
I used a Windows Phone once. Got bored after 17 minutes.
3. eshwarnag (Posts: 19; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
I saw an android phone and didn't feel like even picking it up!
20. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
What a joke wp8 has only 1 highend device to choose like Apple, how scrap is that, you don't have choices, unlike Android you have lots™
29. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3398; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)
Not a proponent of WP8, but that's simply not true. 920, 8X, & Ativ S. That's 3 for ya.
31. cdgoin (Posts: 391; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
With more coming.. can't wait for the Nokia 928.. the camera should crush Apple and Android. Android has a bunch of cheap feeling black plastic phones. The only one I would consider to be worthy of comparison is the HTC One. The Samsung phones just feel cheap and look it.
21. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)
Forgot thick heavy oversized huge big lastyears old dated specs, sure™
5. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Was that before or after your Android device was hacked?
19. bloodline (Posts: 704; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)
hacked? who said anything about hacking in this article..yet you would bring up security for a microsoft defense case against android.... ahahahaha
Windows is a nice alternative but very much behind android and more so its marketplace... you wont find me leaving android any time soon
4. roscuthiii (Posts: 1921; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)
Subject matter aside, the statement, "Even though we don’t like bashing ad campaigns, this time it seems that the ad asks a valid question." contradicts itself. How exactly would you be bashing the ad campaign if you felt it asked a valid question?
6. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Why do Microsoft have such childish advertising campaigns against Google?!
12. FlushGordon (unregistered)
Every evil corporation does this....duh....
15. Timmehor (Posts: 599; Member since: 09 Mar 2013)
Don't think so. It's just Microsoft's weird way of advertising. If you want weird, watch this ->http://www.youtube.com/watch?v
=tGvHNNOLnCkoooooooh Steve Ballmer you crack head.
17. Leo_MC (Posts: 689; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
You right, I remember Samsung's adds about iPhone's waiting lines?
8. xprimer (Posts: 43; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)
MS knew what they're doin. It's not just like that. It's relevant move. Goodluck MS.
9. PeeyushMalik (Posts: 1; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)
That Google's street view car snapping the photograph added to the enjoyment
10. FlushGordon (unregistered)
It's reeking bitterness and jealousy all over the place
11. _Bone_ (Posts: 2148; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)
The lamest mock campaign ever. No wonder MS is on the slide, they basically advertise Google with this.
13. FlushGordon (unregistered)
This somewhat signals red alert for Microsoft, hitting the panic button like crazy.....they know they'll become irrelevant in 5-7 years
18. Leo_MC (Posts: 689; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)
When did Samsung started to become irrelevant after it published those adds that bashed the waiting lines in front of Apple stores? I see it become the biggest Android oem in the world so you must be wrong.
14. joey_sfb (Posts: 4253; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
Microsoft also has all my msn account and xbox account information. I get a lot of Microsoft related SPAM.
Pot calling the kettle black. There no innocence party in this Ad.
22. lyndon420 (Posts: 2849; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
We need ms (or someone) as a viable option for the third big player. I just wish these companies would make amazing products and find unique ways of selling them to the public without bashing others or looking desperate. When you look desperate for sales, people may look into why, which could hurt their situation more.
23. lyndon420 (Posts: 2849; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Google made it to the top without needing to bash the competition.
24. Hemlocke (unregistered)
You are absolutely correct, because "Droid duhs." Take off your Google Glass, step away from the Googleade, and join us in the real world. Android only got big BECAUSE of negative ads. The Android OEMs promise the moon, but only deliver a janky Dalvik/Java mess that leads to lower customer loyalty than iOS and Windows Phone.
33. jroc74 (Posts: 5396; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)
"You are absolutely correct, because "Droid duhs." Take off your Google Glass, step away from the Googleade, and join us in the real world. Android only got big BECAUSE of negative ads."
I suggest you take off the Google hater shades...
That was a Motorola and Verizon ad...NOT Google. The Droid ads did help Android grow....but it wasnt a Google ad. Motorola also had something to do with Android growing.
The comment you responded to said "Google made it to the top without needing to bash the competition."
And that is true. Samsung, Motorola, HTC, Verizon did the bashing....not Google.
25. JunkCreek (Posts: 406; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
what about if you doing transaction p2p online for solid real material like phone/pc/laptop/modem/etc just like on kaskus.co.id on the fjb (forum jual-beli)? it is just like that. if you don't trust the seller, don't buy, find someone else! and if you hardly trust anyone to keep your info, better left your inet then just do it traditionally! i trust the developer if i buy a product. and once they got untrust, i'd never buy from them again. you people so panaroid!
26. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 7030; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
M$ needs too stop suing android. if their that serious of competing STOP SUING other manufacturers and then people will think differently bout them
32. cdgoin (Posts: 391; Member since: 28 Jul 2010)
What are you talking about most of the Android suits are settled, and vendors are paying MS about $20 a phone. Its Google and their tactics they are suing. BTW Its poetic justice as Google sued MS for exactly what Google (and Apple) are now doing to MS.
28. Stuntman (Posts: 828; Member since: 01 Aug 2011)
MS has its own privacy issues with its products over the years. They have no credibility when they criticise another company's privacy policies.
30. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)
Totally agree, wow, what a joke this is.
34. MyJobSux (Posts: 86; Member since: 01 Apr 2012)
Set up a Win8 box for a friend of mine and had to use the store for the first time. He requested a YouTube app for his desktop. There were probably 20+ apps claiming to be a YouTube app. On the main page it doesnt show who authored the app. Anyone can creat an app to pass YouTube content but I wanted one authored by Google themselves and couldnt find it, although Google did release a statement that they saw no reason to release Win apps becaues there was not a demand from customers at present. A 3rd party group could have malicious intent so I told him to use a browser to get to YouTube. I think the Win Store has a long way to go to mature. I have no desire to use it and I think it might end up going the way of their widgets where finally they release a statement not to use them because they could contain malicious code. or not, who knows.