Google Play apps violate customer privacy terms in design “flaw”

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App developer Dan Nolan discovered that the Google Play apps were sending purchaser names, addresses and email information to the creator without his initiation – appearing to be more of a conscious intention rather than a design flaw.

Nolan explained: “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. With the information I have available to me through the checkout portal I could track down and harass users who left negative reviews or refunded the app purchase.”

Nolan believes that tens of millions of google customers are most likely affected by this “flaw”. He said that “this impacts every person who purchased an App on the Play Store.”

As of now, customers must give their personal information during the checkout process whether the App is free or purchased and with thousands of Apps available, “there are millions of people who buy Androids . . . That’s a lot of people having their personal information handed over without them knowing.”

This little known fact puts customer information at risk of being sold as a source of revenue to the developers. Unsuspecting customers would never know that this was occurring without this exposure.

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The terms of service on Google Play’s website specifies that customer information will be stored; such as real names, addresses, locations, email information.
Nolan has further confirmed that Google once provided an “alias” email address for developers. That practice has fallen to the wayside as of late last year and Google “just passed on the real details of the users.”

Google’s Android has the ability to use ambient background noise of an individual’s environment to spy on them. Their activities will be targeted to more efficiently advertise to them through their technological devices.

Google will use your private conversations, music preferences, favorite shows and radio stations – anything in your immediate environment to build a profile on you. Thanks to Google’s Android and similar smartphones the patent for this surveillance technology will allow our phones to become spies.

In April 2012 the GPS division of Broadcom devised the 4752 RFID chip that could locate an individual within centimeters with the implantation of the technology into a cell phone. Scott Pomerantz, vice president of the GPS division at Broadcom, explained: “The use case [for Bluetooth beacons] might be malls. It would be a good investment for a mall to put up a deployment—perhaps put them up every 100 yards, and then unlock the ability for people walking around mall to get very precise couponing information.”

These chips imbedded into Androids and smartphones would now become accurate locators with the assistance of signals from global navigation satellites, cell phone towers and WiFi.

The precision of this technology could pinpoint when you enter a retail establishment, what products you purchase and track you as you return to your car. Bluetooth beacons would give this technology the ability to see pings as you travel through enclosed buildings.

Other technology giants have been using software to track their customer’s movements, storing the data and handing it over to law enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for profiling purposes.

Apple and Google phones regularly transmit user location information. This information is collected in massive databases and updated every few seconds as transmissions from the cell phone from WiFi signals are sent with unique identifiers.

Google is the collector of information for the National Security Agency (NSA), announced back in March that they will use a new feature to spy on Android and smartphones customers that will allow background noise to assist Google in identifying location and therefore track unsuspecting Americans better.

They also altered their privacy policies to better gather intelligence on internet users. The U.S. Federal Trade Commission gained greater oversight over Google’s handling of personal information as part of a settlement reached last year. Google submitted to the agreement after exposing its users email contacts when it launched a now-defunct social networking service called Buzz in 2010.

In 2012, the titans of the internet, including Google, eBay, Amazon and Facebook, are combining forces under the blanket of a newly formed lobby group called the Internet Association, (IA) that wants to influence lawmakers on how they can manipulate the internet as well as how important they truly are.

US Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia, ruled that the NSA does not need to confirm nor deny (known as a “Glomar” response) its collaborations with Google; how the two work together to spy on American citizens in the name of protecting the public from false flag “cyber-attacks”.

“The existence of a relationship or communications between the NSA and any private company certainly constitutes an ‘activity’ of the agency subject to protection” from public disclosure, said Judge Janice Rogers Brown. “Moreover, if private entities knew that any of their attempts to reach out to NSA could be made public through a FOIA request, they might hesitate or decline to contact the agency, thereby hindering its Information Assurance mission.

In reviewing an agency’s Glomar response, this court exercises caution when the information requested implicates national security, a uniquely executive purview. NSA need not make a specific showing of potential harm to national security in order to justify withholding information.”

The IA wants to control the perspective of elected officials on internet technologies, their uses and cooperation with various federal agencies. Their website claims they are “dedicated to advancing public policy solutions to strengthen and protect an open, innovative and free Internet.”

Through the influence of money and pressure, this lobby seeks to have an over-reaching effect on the internet as a whole. In conjunction with major corporations in the tech industry and remaining focused on subversive control over the internet, the Internet Association will lead the way toward Big Brother becoming a very necessary part of our lives.

SEE ALSO:
– Google accused of spying on Gmail users
– Google faces UK class action over secret iPhone tracking
– Google starts watching what you do off the Internet too
– Android apps ‘leak’ personal details
– Google fails to delete street view data

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