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Privacy outrage after it emerges Google is sharing Android users’ names, emails and ADDRESSES with app developers – Daily Mail


  • Australian software developer reveals online advertising giant is sending him the details of everyone who has bought his app
  • He says information would be sufficient for him to ‘track down and harass users who left negative reviews’ on the Play Store
  • Big Brother Watch slams Google for taking decisions about customers privacy ‘without their knowledge’

Campaigners today slammed Google for violating Android users’ privacy after it emerged that the company was sharing their personal details with mobile app developers.

An Australian software developer revealed that the search giant was sending him the full names, email and post codes of everyone who purchased his app on Google’s Play Store.

He said the information was so detailed he would even be able to use it to ‘track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase’.

ncredibly, it has emerged that the data sharing was not the result of a software glitch, but is actually part of Google’s policies for its app store and its Google Wallet payment service.

Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, today accused Google of taking decisions about consumers personal data ‘without their knowledge’.

‘The true facts about about what is happening are buried in vague privacy policies,’ he told MailOnline.

‘Apps are an increasing part of everyday life, so it’s essential that it is made crystal clear to consumers what happens to their data.

‘App developers aren’t asking for this data, no other app stores share data in this way, so yet again we’re faced with a situation where it looks like Google has put profits before user privacy.’

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