Google removed these three popular children’s apps from the Play Store, learn why

Google has removed three children’s apps from the Play Store. Indeed, these apps have been accused by the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC) of violating data collection rules. It has three apps – Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay. These three apps were downloaded by more than 20 million users. However, IDAC stated that these apps do not violate any type of rules in the codes, but the framework of these apps has been found to be flawed. These apps have used SDKs from Unity, Umeng and Appodeal. The problem is found in these developer kits.

TechCrunch reports that Google has removed all three apps from Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay from the Play Store only after the IDAC report. A Google spokesperson told the publication that “we confirm that the apps referenced in the report have been removed. Whenever we find an app that violates our policies, we immediately take action on it. “

IDAC stated that the problem has been noticed in the data collection practice by the software development kits (SDKs) used in these three apps. The SDKs used in these three apps are Unity, Umeng and Appodeal. They reportedly do not comply with Google Play rules in data collection. For example, some versions of Unity SDK were collecting users’ AAID and Android ID together. This is a violation of Google’s rules and allows developers to track users by ignoring privacy controls.

IDAC has given technical reasons in its blog post regarding the removal of these apps.

However, at the moment it has not been informed how much data has been leaked by these apps.

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