Google has announced a new collaboration with three security companies. The company reports this in a blog. The collaboration should ensure that fewer rogue apps end up on phones of Android users.
Google will collaborate with ESET, Lookout and Zimperium. According to Google, the expertise of these companies can be well used to prevent abuse via apps in the Play Store. The so-called App Defense Alliance will actively search for rogue apps and must prevent them from being published and downloaded.
The app store of the operating system of Google is troubled by apps that users want to steal money or data. For example, there are apps that sneakily click on online advertisements in the background, without the phone user noticing. The creator of the app earns money from the clicks on the advertisement.
There are also apps that store data for which the user has not given permission. For example, in July Google took 1300 apps offline that illegally stored data. For example, the Shutterfly app that forwarded GPS coordinates of photos.
The rogue apps are sometimes discovered by Google itself, but the company often received help from security companies that discovered the rogue apps. Now, in collaboration with the three companies, Google wants to look more actively for apps like this.