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Six popular Android applications have been identified as fraudulent

Ads are the biggest source of income for most mobile applications, with many bikes through full screen intermittent or residential banners at the bottom of the screen. Six popular applications found on Google's Play Store have now been removed for the unlawful misuse of these services. Users should quickly uninstall them if they want to keep data, battery and system resources. A joint investigation by Buzzfeed ] and security company Check Point, Method Media Intelligence and ESET have shown that six applications from Chinese publisher DO Global have secretly harvested data from inadvertent users. and Omni Cleaner have all prompted advertising clicks in the background, whether the device is open or not. So many readers will be aware that some ads construct a digital fingerprint of users consisting of their personal information, the system used, and sometimes its software. Collection of such data without the user being aware is in direct conflict with the EU General Data Protection Ordinance (GDPR), not to mention the Google Terms of Use. Google told Buzzfeed that it "explicitly prohibits ad fraud and abuse of services on Google Play" and has since removed the programs from their store. Users who already have any of the above downloaded must manually uninstall if they want to maintain their integrity. "Developers are required to disclose the collection of personal information, and only use the permissions needed to deliver the features of the app. If an app violates our policies, we will take action that may prevent a developer…

Ads are the biggest source of income for most mobile applications, with many bikes through full screen intermittent or residential banners at the bottom of the screen. Six popular applications found on Google’s Play Store have now been removed for the unlawful misuse of these services. Users should quickly uninstall them if they want to keep data, battery and system resources.

A joint investigation by Buzzfeed ] and security company Check Point, Method Media Intelligence and ESET have shown that six applications from Chinese publisher DO Global have secretly harvested data from inadvertent users. and Omni Cleaner have all prompted advertising clicks in the background, whether the device is open or not.

So many readers will be aware that some ads construct a digital fingerprint of users consisting of their personal information, the system used, and sometimes its software. Collection of such data without the user being aware is in direct conflict with the EU General Data Protection Ordinance (GDPR), not to mention the Google Terms of Use.

Google told Buzzfeed that it “explicitly prohibits ad fraud and abuse of services on Google Play” and has since removed the programs from their store. Users who already have any of the above downloaded must manually uninstall if they want to maintain their integrity. “Developers are required to disclose the collection of personal information, and only use the permissions needed to deliver the features of the app. If an app violates our policies, we will take action that may prevent a developer from publishing on Play.”

Some Android users are worried about Google’s answer and argue that the simple removal of programs without a proper penalty will encourage developers and publishers to continue using dishonest tactics to generate revenue. However, the sentence may come, because the investigation also recognizes that DO Global is obliged to hide its country of origin.

The study also highlighted three other applications as reasons for concern about the number of permissions they request – Emoji flashlight, Samsung TV remote control and WaWaYaYa. Despite other flashlight applications requiring 2 permissions to operate, Emoji flashes up to 30, of which 7 consider Google critical. Samsung TV Remote Control is required to search 58 permissions, of which 23 can be considered dangerous, including audio recording and WaWaYaYa returns user data back to Chinese servers without encryption.

These three programs remain active, but Google is likely to crack the unnecessary amount of permissions requested soon. In the meantime, it is worth paying the app space carefully and reading the requested permissions before accepting the installation.

KitGuru says: Users often hold official app stores in high interest, but an application displayed on the platform may not always be obvious. Personally, I hope Google or the EU shocks the DO Global in the legal sense and gives an example to other publishers.

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