Google Play Store Latest News & Update: Users Beware! Many Android Free Apps Are Sharing Users' Information
Mobile apps are required to have privacy policies in place by federal laws in most states, especially if personal identifiable information is being collected. The mobile apps are violating the written guidelines posted by Google for the Google Play Store when they need these types of information, but fail to have a policy in place.
Phone Arena cited Carnagie Mellon University saying that the stats mentioned as proof that there are some irregularities on Android app developers might not be as widespread as it is said by the University. As it turns out, the automated system that the survey employs might not pick up data that would refute the charge that a certain app in Google Play Store is sharing information without a posted policy.
Norman Sadeh, professor of computer in CMU, says, "Just because the automated system finds a possible privacy requirement inconsistency in a particular app does not mean that a problem really exists." Although it would be time consuming, checking irregularities by hand would result in a more accurate look at the issue in Google Play Store apps.
Some of the problem comes from developers who are having a lack of knowledge about what is required. Professor Sadehsaid that whenever you are using Google Maps, you are effectively sharing personal information with Google Play Store.