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- Dec 30, 2010
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- Austin, TX
Something is amiss in Google-land. Google just announced a new policy which has independent developers enraged, and for good reason. As of September 30th, 2014, Google will now require all developers to publish a physical address on the Google Play Store. This is for anyone who wants to host their app on the Google Play Store, and applies to paid apps or apps with in-app purchases. You can see the details in the screen grab below.
Keep in mind that this must be a "physical address," so a Post Office Box won't work. This is wrong on so many levels, it's baffling to fathom that Google would make such a request. Google claims they are doing this to “comply with consumer protection laws,” but this hardly makes sense when you consider that eBay and iTunes are not laying out the same requirements. Could this be a situation in which Google is simply the first to comply with new laws that we don't know about?
Regardless, this is a major invasion of privacy and is a blatant security issue. This makes sense for a larger, big name developer with multiple employees in an office, but small individual developers would basically need to publish their home address. Imagine a (not so unbelievable) scenario in which a mentally ill customer decides to show up at the house of a developer, just because he happens to live in the same city.
What do you think of this terrible situation? For now indie devs should write a letter to Google, and hope that they decide to reverse course before September 30th.