Three Children's Apps Removed From Google Play Store For Violating Data Collection Policies
Google has removed three children's apps from the Play Store after they were found violating the company's data collection policies. Google was alerted by researchers at the International Digital Accountability Council (IDAC), who found out that while these apps were not violating any rules when it comes to the code, there were problems found in the developer kits used by these apps. The three apps, Princess Salon, Number Coloring, and Cats & Cosplay, used software developer kits (SDKs) from Unity, Umeng, and Appodeal. The three apps had more than 20 million downloads combined.
Android ID is a 64-bit number that is generated on the device's first boot and remains that device's ID forever. The AAID is also a unique Android ID used for advertising. It is essentially the passport for aggregating all of the data about a user in one place and users can also change their AAID by going into the ads settings on their Android smartphone.
There were no reports of any known violations in the IDAC report, nor is it known how much data was compromised by these apps.