Google's Play Store and Google Wallet are the latest targets for US legislators worried about consumer privacy. On Thursday, Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) posted an open letter on his website that he sent to Google CEO Larry Page, demanding Page or someone at Google respond to four requests he has about Google's online store and digital payments system by February 28th. Johnson specifically said he was concerned about Google sharing user account billing information with third-party software developers, citing recent complaints of an Australian app developer who claimed Google was sending him customers' account names, email addresses, and locations without letting them know.
"Please clarify the scope and nature of information sharing so that I may better understand consumers' expectations and protections when purchasing apps through Google Play," Johnson's letter reads, launching into the four requests, one of which is "Please discuss the types of information shared with developers through Google Wallet."
"Please clarify the scope and nature of information sharing."
Google already issued a quick response to the letter to The Verge, with a spokesperson saying: "Google Wallet shares the information needed to process transactions and maintain accounts, and this is clearly stated in the Google Wallet Privacy Notice. We look forward to working with Rep. Johnson and his staff to answer any questions."