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Lawmaker Queries Tech Company Over Privacy

DATA PROTECTION—U.S.

February 22, 2013

Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) has written an open letter to Google with privacy concerns about the company’s online store and digital payments system, The Verge reports. The issue arose after an app developer claimed Google was sending him consumers’ account names, e-mail addresses and locations without their consent. “Please clarify the scope and nature of information sharing so that I may better understand consumers’ expectations and protection when purchasing apps through Google Play,” Johnson wrote. Meanwhile, Google wrote on its blog last month that it will take a three-pronged approach to technology privacy and stated it would support updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act.
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