Re: Is the problem 'game developers' or scammers?
You nailed it.
If I'm watching TV, there may be ads shown at some point.
Nowhere does the person responsible for that ad retrieve my precise location, my address, a unique id assigned to my tv, a list of all tv programmes I have stored on my PVR, or the last few programmes I watched,
Nowhere does the company that made the advert assume it can download code to my TV that runs permanently, phoning home with this uptodate data, whilst slowing down the TV, and using my electrcity to do so, and no where does it try to hide the fact that it is doing so.
By watching the TV advert, the company don't get to know the brand/model/age/version of my TV, or how many other TVs are connected in the house. They also don't get to track a unique "reception id" of all the TVs my various neighbours use.
If any of these companies did do these things, you can bet your life I'd also block/redirect/spoof everything from them too.
Shit, the above is true of just about *ALL* mobile ad companies, and whilst they try to hide it from the end users, just go to their websites and they brag about how much information from users they can get potential customers.
This is why the "app developers don't know how intrusive the ad companies they use are" sounds like bollocks to me. Even if it isn't, ignorance is no excuse.
According to the stats for my google account, I've spent £418 in the last few years on the play store. Produce something useful or fun, and I'll pay for it. If you prefer, you can attempt to fling adverts my way whilst hoping they don't get annoying. DO NOT attempt to grab my data, or you'll be met by my filters.
Incidentally, you know why so many of the ad-sdks grab your network mac address? It serves as a unique id for those times a user attempts to block their unique id being sent.
Honestly, just about all (if not all) of the android ad-providers are scum sucking shisters. I'd be surprised if what they attempt to do is even legal...