Google bans apps developed by Chinese company Baidu

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Google has made it official that it will be blocking over 100 apps developed by Chinese company ‘Do Global’ which is partly owned by internet service provider Baidu. The Alphabet subsidiary came to this decision after its security engineers reported that the applications developed by ‘Do Global’ and having over 600 million installs on their app store were found circulating malware and acting as access points to launch cyber attacks.

So far, over 46 apps were already removed from the play store as the internet juggernaut intends to cancel the app inclusion rights of the Chinese provider in the next few days.

“Malicious behavior and policy violations are strictly not entertained by Google and so Do Global will now not be allowed to monetize its app with AdMob or publish on Play store from this month end”, said a spokesperson from Google on Friday.

In the meantime, the subsidiary of Baidu claims that the policy changes might affect its 800 million user base coming from Android ad platform. Also, the company claims that they have started to conduct an investigation in this matter over the AdMob Advertisement irregularities.

Note- Apps from noted Chinese developers will also be facing the ban threat in coming weeks as Google has decided to take stringent action against large scale companies for abusing user permissions. In most cases, the web services giant discovered in its internal audit that most of the Chinese apps were collecting user info and were sending to remote servers in China. TV Remote apps, gaming apps, kids entertainment app and Flashlight apps developed by Chinese companies are about face special scrutiny from Google in the coming days.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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