Netease Technologies News, April 18, according to foreign media reports, BuzzFeed, an American news aggregation website, conducted a survey on popular Andriod applications, and found that a series of popular applications developed by Du Group, Baidu affiliated company, have been engaged in large-scale advertising fraud and abused user rights, including a self-timer application downloaded more than 50 million times.
BuzzFeed points out that in some cases, these applications hide the links between developers DU Group and users, and do not explicitly disclose that they are collecting and sending user data. The survey also questioned the regulation of the Google App Store.
According to the survey, according to research by security companies such as Check Point and Method Media Intelligence, at least six of DU Group's applications generate revenue by fraudulent click-on advertising, and at least two of them contain code that can be used for different forms of advertising fraud. According to statistics, these apps have received more than 90 million downloads from the Google App Store.
However, this problem is not limited to applications developed by DU Group. Other Android applications also have a lot of unnecessary permissions, such as a popular TV remote control application, which may use a mobile phone microphone to record when users watch TV; a child application that sends personal information without encryption; and a flashlight application that has unnecessary and potentially intrusive permissions built in.
The results show that the Google App Store is being exploited by some developers, who can easily hide who they are from users, provide intrusive applications, use these privileges for advertising fraud, and collect a large number of user data.
Google said it had blacklisted six DU Group applications that were found to be involved in advertising fraud. That means they can no longer use any of Google's advertising products to make money.
DU Group did not comment. (Han Bing)