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Google Play Market lacks of Privacy

Discussion in 'Droid RAZR MAXX' started by monkey_man, Mar 26, 2012.

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    I am having no fun with the new Google Play Market :mad:. With the old Market, users can download a certain app to erase search history. Before Google enforced me to install google play, the latest market gave us options to erase our search history without having to download eraser app. Now tho, Google sneakily put all apps tabs in their market to show your previous apps with nothing that you can do to remove them.
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    I am not following what you mean. When I open up the Google Play app and go to Menu, Settings I see Clear Search History. Is that what you want to do or is there something else?
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    No, it shows apps that you have downloaded before in the my apps section.

    Personally, I think if you'd be embarrassed to have someone find out what apps you've been downloading, then maybe you shouldn't be downloading em.

    Only thing I have hidden on my phone is Facebook because people kept hacking my FB when my phone was unattended

    GUMMY
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    I think he means if you open up Google Play via the Internet, and not Google Play the app, it shows all apps you've downloaded, including those you've since uninstalled. He's searching for a way to clear the list of apps that he has uninstalled. I have a tendency to agree with him. It does seem as though Google needs to adjust this as it is a privacy issue.
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    No it's not. Your leaving the PC logged into Google Play while others are able to access it is the true issue, it means you don't know how to secure your own PC. Protection starts at the endpoint.
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    That's not the issue at all, from my standpoint at least. No one has access to either my work or personal computer. I'm not familiar with Google Play to it's fullest capacity but like everything else Google, everything is all connected. Perhaps it's a non-issue if Google Play information cannot be seen by anyone except me (again, I'm not referring to someone else via my computer but rather someone else as in open to public viewing). I just think Google should give you the option to clear past downloaded apps. It's not an unreasonable request from their consumers.
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    Okay well if the question is can you permanently remove installed apps from your list on the Google Play website (or app), the answer is no. From Google's website:

    At this time, there is no way to permanently delete or remove apps from the Google Play website (My Orders/My Android Apps) or from the Google Play Store app (My Apps) that you’ve previously downloaded but have since uninstalled.
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    Thanks for the confirmation Sally. Hopefully that's changed in the near future.
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    No one can publicly view them. The only way anyone who is not you can see them is by directly accessing your PC or device. Even Google isn't going to make your Wallet transaction history publicly viewable.
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    Well that's comforting. I would assume it's the same case with free apps, that they are not publicly viewable. As I've said, I still hope Google makes it an option to permanently delete any trace of (once) downloaded app. Thanks for the response.
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    WoW so many variety of answers from judgmental answer of don't want to get embarrassed then don't download them :blink: to logical answers of PRIVACY. Yes, apparently you can check all previous apps from Google via PC since Google connect everything about you like a spider web (Google new privacy policy). I was talking about accessing Google Play Market > press Menu and select My Apps > now under My Apps there is a green font INSTALLED that you can slide to the right in order to see the other tab of ALL that should show previous apps you have installed. I am paranoid kind of a guy in term of security and privacy, yet I'll admit there is still nothing to you can do to protect against cyber criminals that are more tech savvy :hail: (Titanic terminology). In another side story that I think still on topic, I've read an article about Facebook of NOW not allowing your Future Employers access to your Password for a background check purposes. Facebook said that it would violate users PRIVACY! (I think there are legal battles involved :happy3:) I want to put this as emphasis of what Google might affect you in the future. I wrote this post without any selfish intention as this will affect some other users too. For the record, I've never downloaded adult apps (the embarrassment case) or torrent apps (not allowed as written in contract), but I know some do. This is not what am afraid of. For an IT guy, I like to play around and do something different with the phone than what the phone was intended for via OEM like many other people here like to do with Rooting. Rooting as we all know will now give users access to modify CPU, custom ROMS, Free Tethering (must paid extra to Verizon in order word Illegal if noticed), and etc. These types of modifications will breach your phone warranty and even breaching your contract. Let's not forget those cold sweats you have from first time rooters and some would return phone to store, at a high successful rate and should cost Verizon dearly. Businesses like we all know would like to stop wrongdoings that can jeopardy their future wellness. Wouldn't it be fun when Verizon then add to their contract policy that will be follow by their competitors to check your email for all the apps you have to determine whether or not they can charge you for penalties or end your contract one way? :icon_ devil:dancedroid.
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    Ahh, thanks for the clarification. Your op talked about search history so that's why my original answer dealt with that.

    But I see what you're looking at now. I had not noticed that. I know when the Kindle first came out there was concern about not being able to scrub your purchase history. Eventually that was changed so maybe that will come here too.
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    Personally that feature was a big help for me switching from the Razr to the Razr Maxx, but I do see where the option should be there to remove some/all of those entries.
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    I don't know how to add like button for Sydman ;), but I agree 100% what he said. I also believe that Users have their own responsibility of taking care their own business for things that they've purchased in the first place. It does helpful in sorting apps for users that never own one or transition from other OS phone. This method though can also stop capitalism/entrepreneurship from working correctly. As an example, this will stop programmers that understood the problem ahead from the rest and focus their energy for a bounty they know they can grasp for a well made product (Titanium Backup, Astro, Root Explorer, and etc) from getting any future income. We learned well from mistakes and I still remembered my struggle as an Android noob with missing apps, but why are they doing it now in a steroid way too (not in a selfish way). Microsoft had once stopped for their monopolistic way in trying to grasp all OS markets (Antitrust law?) I think. I also read that Blackberry are struggling due to their lack of programmers pioneering in to make the product interesting for us buyers.
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    Interestingly enough, it is not just apps you've downloaded from Google Play/Market. I've downloaded most of my apps from the Amazon app store and they also show up in Google Play as installed.
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    Yeah, Google Play will show all apps/games without caring the source of where you got the apps as long as they are available to get from the GP market. The only difference is that GP Market will give you a pop up warning for all apps not purchased via market itself. You will see update sign for the apps that you've installed, and the only way to remove the update notification is by waiting for third party app store to give you the update.
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