Google Play(ing) Fast And Loose With Privacy

Sydney app developer Dan Nolan is the creator of the Paul Keating insult generator, which recently hit number one in the Aussie Google App Store. Besides the bragging rights and some bucks, he discovered in his merchant account that he had every person’s email address, suburb, and in many instances their full name.

Let me make this crystal clear, every App purchase you make on Google Play gives the developer your name, suburb and email address with no indication that this information is actually being transferred. – Massive Google Play Privacy Issue

The impact? Here is news.com.au’s take on the Google Play privacy issue:

With Google customers’ details just sitting in developers accounts, all it would take is a half decent piece of malware software for that information to be accessed. These personal details could then be used to access the users’ bank details. That’s also more than enough information to be able to access your other devices which could also be mined for more data – insurance information, other credit cards – which could then be used to access your banking credentials. Read more

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