Google periodically removes apps from its Play Store when they are found to violate its policies. In the latter case, the Android maker has eliminated three popular apps used by children from the Play Store after receiving concerns from the International Digital Accountability Council (IDCA).
IDCA had discovered that the three apps, identified as Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay, were collecting user data, who in most cases were children, in violation of Play Store policies and that this data was potentially leaks to third party SDKs.
“The practices we observed in our research have raised serious concerns about data practices within these apps,” IDAC President Quentin Palfrey told TechCrunch.
The website also received a response from Google, which said, “We can confirm that the apps referenced in the report have been removed. Whenever we find an app that violates our policies, we take action.”
It’s unclear what kind of data the three innocent-looking apps were collecting. But these were the apps used by children who claimed to be gamify learning. A number of other such apps continue to be available in the app stores managed by Google and Apple.
When it comes to children’s data, companies like Apple and Google have stricter requirements from app developers. Children’s data must be treated more carefully and in many cases cannot be passed on to third parties. In fact, the rules governing the use of technology by children in many but not all countries are so sensitive that Google also offers specific services for children, such as YouTube Kids.
This isn’t the first time Google has removed apps from its Play Store. Previously, the company removed a number of malicious apps from the Play Store. Check the lost items below and remove them if you have them on your phone.
Google removes 17 apps from the Play Store that intend to gain access to user data
Google removed three popular apps with collective installs of over 20 million from the Play Store after app concerns were raised.
- Google has three apps used by children after the concerns raised by IDAC.
- The three apps are: Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay.
- The three apps have had collective installs of over 20 million.