Disconnect Files Complaint Against Google for Abusive Android Dominance
A privacy protection app Disconnect has filed a complaint against Google alleging that it is abusing Android dominance by blocking apps.
Google recently blocked the above mentioned app, which was founded by one of its own ex-employees, ZDNet reports.
According to The Wall Street Journal
Google pulled the app from its store because the search giant believed it was interfering with other apps. And this was corroborated by a Google employee as well, who wrote in an email that the chief cause behind app’s removal was its attempt to hinder other apps from publishing ads.
The WSJ quoted a recent study that suggests Disconnect, mechanism of blocking connections intended to track users , could actually prevent users from malware.
The plaintiff app was launched in August last year. Google disconnected its ties from Disconnect after a couple of weeks. The developers brought the app back in the store, but received a rather rigid response from Google. The Android maker had reportedly threatened ex-Googler founder of the app to terminate his app maker’s developer account.
Now the app’s creators opine that Google deter competitive apps from blooming because it wants its own apps’ dominance in the industry. Disconnect says that their app became victim of Google’s discrimination, because the privacy and security software Google owns itself, is not up to the standards.
According to the Journal , Google considers Disconnect’s antitrust claims unjustifiable.
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