Consumer Watchdog Files 2nd Request Asking FTC to Act Against Google for Apps Privacy Violations
Consumer Watchdog has filed a second complaint asking that the Federal Trade Commission act immediately against Google’s most recent privacy violation – sharing users’ personal information with apps developers — after new information became available in a letter from Google to Rep. Hank Johnson, (D-GA).
We’ve also expressed our concerns again to California Attorney General Kamala Harris.
When we filed our first complaint, we estimated that Google — which has effectively become a serial privacy violator — in ignoring the terms of its so-called “Buzz Consent Order” with the FTC should face penalties that reach into the billions of dollars.
Here is what Google has been doing: They have been sending to app developers personal information about each user who purchased an app from Google, without obtaining the user’s permission. The personal information sent by Google includes the users’ names, certain physical address information and email addresses. Neither Apple nor Microsoft engage in similar conduct when they sell apps through their stores.