Google has completely removed the tracking tool from the Playstore, but in a report it is also being said that this company is still collecting the data of the apps.
Google removed from playstore
Google has banned location data app SafeGraph from its Play Store, which allegedly used to sell Android smartphone users location data for COVID mapping and other purposes. According to a Motherboard report, SafeGraph, whose investors include a former head of Saudi intelligence, is one of several companies that have collected geolocation records via plug-ins into other Android apps.
SafeGraph sells its data to a wide range of government entities and industries, but it also sells the data in the open market to essentially anyone, the report said on Thursday. According to the report, the ban means that any app that works with SafeGraph will have to remove the code that collects the offending location from their app.
SafeGraph has been banned from the Google Play Store. According to the report, SafeGraph collected at least some of their location data by allowing app developers to embed the company’s code, or software development kits (SDKs), into their apps. Google reportedly told app developers in early June that they had seven days to remove SafeGraph’s SDK from their apps.
SafeGraph also provides customers with the opportunity to purchase related data sets from other providers to enrich location information. The report noted, last year, the New York Times used SafeGraph data (and data from other location data brokers) to create a map showing how people were spending their time following the coronavirus lockdown.
Users of SafeGraph included the US CDC and at least one county health department, according to documents and online records reviewed by Motherboard.
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