Jun 26

google-duivelWe all know Apple can be a pain in the ass when we are talking about app approval and removal. But they are not the only one anymore, Google joined the group. Normally when Apple removes a App from the App Store people can still use it if you already installed the app on your iDevice, Google went a little further by not only removing it from the store but also remotely removing the App from the Android phones itself.

Recently, we became aware of two free applications built by a security researcher for research purposes. These applications intentionally misrepresented their purpose in order to encourage user downloads, but they were not designed to be used maliciously, and did not have permission to access private data — or system resources beyond permission.INTERNET. As the applications were practically useless, most users uninstalled the applications shortly after downloading them.

After the researcher voluntarily removed these applications from Android Market, we decided to exercise our remote application removal feature on the remaining installed copies to complete the cleanup.

The remote application removal feature is one of many security controls Android possesses to help protect users from malicious applications. In case of an emergency, a dangerous application could be removed from active circulation in a rapid and scalable manner to prevent further exposure to users. While we hope to not have to use it, we know that we have the capability to take swift action on behalf of users’ safety when needed.

Alright Google did it to protect the Android Phone users, but doesn’t it bother you that Google can do whatever they want with your Android Phone? Or do you trust Google to only use remote control if its for your safety?

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