Microsoft keeps Scroogled fire burning: new ad criticizes Google Play store privacy
posted by Victor H. / Apr 10, 2013, 2:01 AM
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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Google Play>>Apple’s App Store & Windows Phone Marketplace
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:09 AM 18
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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...
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 5:48 AM 6
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I used a Windows Phone once. Got bored after 17 minutes.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:13 AM 19
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I saw an android phone and didn't feel like even picking it up!
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:31 AM 12
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Seriously..? One..? HTC 8X Nokia 920 Nokia 810 Nokia 822 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.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:28 PM 0
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Was that before or after your Android device was hacked?
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:31 AM 5
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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
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 6:21 AM 5
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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?
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:31 AM 5
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Why do Microsoft have such childish advertising campaigns against Google?!
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:42 AM 19
Every evil corporation does this....duh....
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 4:27 AM 4
This somewhat signals red alert for Microsoft, hitting the panic button like crazy.....they know they'll become irrelevant in 5-7 years
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 4:32 AM 7
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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.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 6:00 AM 3
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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!
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 9:21 AM 0
M$ needs too stop suing android. if their that serious of competing STOP SUING other manufacturers and then people will think differently bout them
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 10:20 AM 0
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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.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 2:30 PM 0
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MS has its own privacy issues with its products over the years. They have no credibility when they criticise another company's privacy policies.
posted on Apr 10, 2013, 12:02 PM 1
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