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Google shares your personal info with app makers

When you buy an Android app from Google's Play store, they give the app company your full name, email address and the neighborhood where you live. This occurs without clear warning every single time you make a purchase.

Watch the video to see how you get Scroogled.

The Windows Store respects your privacy and does not give your personal info to app companies.

Try Bing

If you can’t trust Google's app store, maybe you shouldn't trust Google for anything.

Windows Phone is different.

Microsoft app stores do not share consumer information with third-party makers.

Does Congress think you are getting Scroogled?

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, wrote Google over "several concerns regarding consumer policy." Read his letter here.

Unlike other top app stores, Google hands over your contact information to app makers without any clear warning, requiring you to unknowingly trust third parties with your personal information, including name, email address, and neighborhood where you live. The privacy breach could potentially lead to spam and online harassment.

  • "There is what I call the creepy line. The Google policy on a lot of things is to get right up to the creepy line and not cross it."

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  • "Virtually everything that we want to do, I think, is somewhat at odds with locking down all of your information for uses you haven’t contemplated yet. That’s something I worry about."

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  • "We don’t need you to type at all. We know where you are, with your permission; we know where you’ve been, with your permission; we can more or less know what you’re thinking about."

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  • "If you have something that you don't want anyone to know, maybe you shouldn't be doing it in the first place."

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Bing is different.

Microsoft app stores do not share consumer information with third-party makers.

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Scroogled pronunciation
verb

Word Origin:

Google’s ongoing use of invasive tactics to maximize their advertising profits.

Definition:

3. The Google practice of giving third-party app makers your personal info without clear warning, including full name, email address and the neighborhood where you live.

See also: breach; careless; deceptive; hidden; insecure; pass on; share; unnecessary.

Sample sentence:

"When Google passes on my personal info to app makers without clear warning—I get Scroogled!"