VPN/Privacy Android App banned from Google Play Store?
That would be an indication that it actually works as advertised.
Privacy app maker Disconnect has filed a formal complaint against Google with the European Commission, adding to the Chocolate Factory’s EU competition woes. “Disconnect charges Google with abusing its dominant market position by banning Disconnect’s app, a revolutionary technology that protects users from invisible tracking …
"...a practice outlawed in Google’s Play store policy"
But tracking and snooping and monitoring users is not outlawed because that would screw Google too.
Of course you always have the Hobson's Choice of "take it or leave it" if you don't this sort of behaviour...
Or, Disconnect could offer it for download from their website and the user could sideload it into their phone. That's how people can install AdBlock on Android.
I'm waiting for an Android 'upgrade' to perform seek-and-destroy operations against AdBlock and similar apps. You just know they want to.
"saying that because the app blocks ads and tracking, it interferes with other third-party apps, a practice outlawed in Google’s Play store policy."
What about the idea that Mountain View and third-party app makers tracking you all the way to the bog interferes with the normal functioning of the user as a person in an unacceptable way?
It sounds like Disconnect may be restoring normal service.
@LukeLikely I like your point about all the "privacy" policies from major and medium players being largely equivalent.
FWIW I use a private mail server and am careful about what apps I install and what services are enabled on my phone OS. I am happy at the moment with the compromise. But I object to these large companies taking advantage of the vast numbers of people who have no clue by supplying them tech which they divulge their most intimate secrets to, and then abusing that trust and monetising it.
To do what the hell they like with their app policy, including creating an uphill playing field that ensures no browser is better on iOS than safari, or that eBook and music apps on iOS only allow content purchases from apple
How is any of that even remotely legal????
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