House Judiciary Member Wants Answers on Google Sharing
Says giving info to app developers could be problematic
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/21/2013 1:15:00 PMa letter asking for some answers.
Johnson, a member of the Judiciary Committee, asked CEO Larry Page to detail the process of selling apps through Google Play, citing reports that it sends the names and addresses, physical and online, to app developers.
Such sharing, says Johnson, "potentially threatens the physical and financial safety of consumers while chilling speech and criticism online." Johnson conceded that it was unclear how sensitive the shared information was, and that information sharing is part of online transactions. He said there were three problems with broadly sharing a physical address: physical harm to consumers and chilling speech, endangering children online and personal information security.
Johnson has been collecting public input on mobile app privacy concerns via his Apprights online initiative and says they have let him know they want more transparency, control, and security.
Google had not responded to a request for comment at presstime.
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