In this news, we discuss the Google takes three kids apps off Play Store over policy violation.
Google reportedly removed three Android apps for kids from the Play Store after the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC), an international watchdog dedicated to ensuring a fair and trustworthy digital and app marketplace for consumers around the world , has raised serious concerns about the data practices within these applications.
Thanks to @GooglePlay for taking the necessary steps to enforce the Terms of Service to resolve the issues raised by IDAC here. Platforms are often in the best position to resolve application and third party issues. Find out how IDAC uses a sliding scale of engagement. https://t.co/Xvokrts6dQ
– International Digital Accountability Council (@IDACwatchdog) October 23, 2020
A Google spokesperson confirmed to TechCrunch that all three apps referenced in the report have been removed from the Play Store, adding that any time an app violates Google policies, the company takes action.
According to TechCrunch, the three apps, namely Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay, which collectively recorded more than 20 million downloads, were found by accessing users’ Android and AAID (Android Advertising ID) numbers. , potentially with a data leak. connected to applications being built using software development kits (SDKs) from Unity, Umeng, and Appodeal.
IDAC President Quentin Palfrey told TechCrunch the problem lies in how the data that apps were able to access through SDKs could be linked to other types of data, such as geolocation information. .
- According to TechCrunch, the three apps, namely Princess Salon, Number Coloring, and Cats & Cosplay, which collectively recorded over 20 million downloads were found by accessing users’ Android ID and AAID (Android Advertising ID) numbers, potentially with a data leak. connected to applications being built using software development kits (SDKs) from Unity, Umeng, and Appodeal.
- Google removes three children’s apps from the Play Store for breaking the rules