Google removes apps that allegedly collected user data – these are the violators

Google has removed several apps used by more than 50 million users from the Play Store after learning that the apps in question were collecting personal information from users. Researchers Joel Reardon (University of Calgary) and Serge Egelman (UC Berkeley) discovered the malicious code in dozens of apps that collected users’ precise location, phone numbers and email accounts.

Reardon and Egelman (via Endgadget) reported their findings to federal regulators and Google, leading the company to remove the apps from the Play Store. It has been reported that Measurement Systems is the company responsible for the code and associated with defense contractors who provide cyber intelligence to US national security agencies.

Mark Anthony Ramirez

Mark has starred in comedy shows across the country for 20 years, appearing on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network and Sirius XM Radio. He has written on every subject imaginable from dating, family, politics, social issues and technology. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for blending humor and technology has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding didn’t make Mark popular at home, but when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things technology deepened. Nowadays, when he’s not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about anything technical, new. jokes or scripts that he dreams of filming.