Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) officials claim this collection of personal information as a feature that serves a couple of purposes. First, sharing this information can benefit the developer and third-party advertisers and marketers to help them sell to customers that buy certain types of products or from a specific company. But the second reason, Google claims, is to help collection of taxes – Google had to alert the seller the origin of the sale to determine the proper tax rates to be paid in the respective countries of the transaction. Unlike in the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) App Store, where purchases are made from Apple, the Google Play store processes transactions between the buyers and the developers, so location is necessary.
What do you think? Do you buy that this is a feature and not a flaw by Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG)? What are your thoughts about data collection and the practice of data sharing in the tech world? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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