Google removes 7 Play Store apps over risk of spying on user

Google has removed seven apps from Play Store over risks of its ability to track user location and access contacts, SMS and call history. The apps were detected by antivirus firm Avast, which claimed all of the seven apps were likely designed by a Russian developer.

Avast reported these apps to Google which then removed them from the Play Store. The apps have been installed a combined 130,000 times, with the most-installed apps being Spy Tracker, and SMS Tracker, both with more than 50,000 installs.

“These apps are highly unethical and problematic for people’s privacy and shouldn’t be on the Google Play Store,” Nikolaos Chrysaidos, Avast’s head of mobile threat intelligence and security, said in a statement on Wednesday. Read More

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