Skip to comments.Watchdog Alleges Google Leaked Personal Data To App Developers
Posted on 02/25/2013 6:54:44 PM PST by BenLurkin
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) A consumer advocate group on Monday urged California Attorney General Kamala Harris to investigate whether alleged privacy violations by Google were in violation of state law.
KNX 1070′s Vytas Safronikas reports Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog said federal regulators must also take action to prevent the search engine from sharing personal data with mobile application developers.
The allegations stem from whether Google violated the so-called Buzz Consent Order with the Federal Trade Commission by sending personal information to app developers about each user who purchased an app from Google without obtaining the users permission.
Personal information sent by Google included the users names, certain physical address information and email addresses, according to John M. Simpson, Consumer Watchdogs Privacy Project director, who added that neither Apple nor Microsoft had engaged in similar conduct.
In a seven-page formal letter of complaint to Charles A. Harwood, the FTCs Acting Director of the Bureau of Consumer Protection, Simpson wrote the disclosure of personal user information to app developers has allowed Google to personally identify people who downloaded such apps as: Depression App Counselor, an app designed to help people suffering from depression to manage their symptoms; Pregnancy+, an app for expectant parents; Heart Disease, an app for people concerned that they are at risk of heart disorders; and Utoopi, a now-removed app that was previously used for the purposes of advertising, soliciting and recruiting sex workers.
With an estimated tens if not hundreds of millions of Android users affected by the breach, Simpson estimated Google would pay billions of dollars for what he alleged to be such a vast misuse of public data.
Google has become a serial privacy abuser, he said. Every time there is a violation: $16,000. There have been millions of apps sold by Google
its a simple matter of multiplication.
Right. Let’s see, Eric the Corrupt is the Attorney General who works for His Arrogance who is a butt buddy with the Google guy. Yah, I see a lot of possibilities there!!! /s
Gee, what a surprise.
This is why I use Bing.