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Developer Raises App Store Privacy Policy Concerns

MOBILE PRIVACY

February 15, 2013

An Australian-based app developer has raised concerns that Google’s app store policies allow for the sharing of users’ personal information—including e-mails, names and addresses—without consent, Reuters reports. Electronic Privacy Information Center Executive Director Marc Rotenberg said the company buries the notice explaining how it shares users’ personal data and does not clearly obtain express consent. “In a situation like this,” he said, “where people just don’t know what information is being transferred or who it’s going to or for what purpose, it seems ridiculous to say that Google has consent.” Google has said, “Google Wallet shares the information needed to process transactions, and this is clearly stated in the Google Wallet Privacy Notice.”
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