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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