MediaPost: Google Hit With New Privacy Suit For Sharing Data With App Developers

Wandering by Santa Clara Law Digital Commons (as you do) and came across what looks like a class-action lawsuit filed against Google, one with which I was not familiar. The 72-page filing is available here, but MediaPost also has a writeup: Google Hit With New Privacy Suit For Sharing Data With App Developers. “Google is facing a new lawsuit over allegations that it shared the names and other personally identifiable information of people who purchased apps with developers. This latest complaint was brought by Minnesota resident Adam Gurno, who alleges that he purchased nine apps totaling more than $26 from the Google Play Store between 2012 and 2014. Gurno alleges that Google transmitted his name, email address and ZIP code to the developers without his consent.”

The Verge: Google’s new app lets parents turn old Android tablets into kid-friendly devices

The Verge: Google’s new app lets parents turn old Android tablets into kid-friendly devices. “Google’s Family Link app lets parents hand down their old Android gadgets to their kids without worrying about what they could end up downloading from the Play Store or finding online. They just have to create a Google account for their kids and download the app, which went public today.”

Reuters: Spanish court orders Google to delete app used for Catalan independence vote

Reuters: Spanish court orders Google to delete app used for Catalan independence vote. “Catalonia’s High Court on Friday ordered Google (GOOG.O) to delete an application that it said Catalan separatists were using to spread information about a disputed independence vote this Sunday.”

Wired: How Malware Keeps Sneaking Past Google Play’s Defenses

Wired: How Malware Keeps Sneaking Past Google Play’s Defenses. “THE STANDARD ADVICE for Android users to avoid downloading malicious apps is simple: Only get apps from the official Google Play Store. Unlike third-party app stores that are generally difficult to vet and validate, Google Play has built-in mechanisms to screen every app for malware, ransomware, and assorted sketchiness. So why, then, has so much malware slipped through lately?”

Ars Technica: Twitter rival Gab sues Google over app store rejection

Ars Technica: Twitter rival Gab sues Google over app store rejection. “Gab, a Twitter rival popular with the Breitbart crowd, is suing Google. The lawsuit, filed in Pennsylvania federal court on Thursday, argues that Google violated antitrust laws when it rejected Gab’s app from its Android app store.”

Ars Technica: One of 1st-known Android DDoS malware infects phones in 100 countries

Ars Technica: One of 1st-known Android DDoS malware infects phones in 100 countries. “Last year, a series of record-setting attacks hitting sites including KrebsOnSecurity and a French Web host underscored a new threat that had previously gone overlooked: millions of Internet-connected digital video recorders and similar devices that could easily be wrangled into botnets that challenged the resources of even large security services. Now, for one of the first times, researchers are reporting a new platform recently used to wage powerful denial-of-service attacks that were distributed among hundreds of thousands of poorly secured devices: Google’s Android operating system for phones and tablets.”