The tech firm has removed the malicious apps after they were flagged by the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC). The apps in question were collecting a user’s Android ID and AAID (Android Advertising ID) numbers. Google claims that these apps were violating data collection policies. The apps removed are Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay. The apps are meant for children and have over 20 million downloads.
Google spokesperson said, “We can confirm that the apps referenced in the report were removed. Whenever we find an app that violates our policies, we take action.”
The violation has raised a wider concern with the publisher’s approach of adhering to data protection policies. IDAC President, Quentin Palfrey said, “The practices we observed in our research raised serious concerns about data practices within these apps.”
The tech firm is under fire for alleged monopolistic practices to maintain its market influence. The US justice department and 11 states have accused the tech firm of misusing its dominance in search and advertising.
Alphabet-owned tech firm needs to respond to the antitrust lawsuit by December 19. Google has called the lawsuit as ‘deeply flawed’ in its official response.