Google: Me, I Disconnect from Europe pleads, "Please don't turn me off."

Disconnect, Inc. complains to the Europeans that Google isn't playing fair. It says la GOOG banned its app from the Play Store, and that was discriminatory. Google says the app didn't play nice with other installed apps, and so violated its policies.

The alarm rang for days. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers could tell from conversations.

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Alistair Barr was waiting by the screen:

An app developer complained to European regulators that Google Inc. is abusing its position...potentially adding to Europe’s probe of Android.

Disconnect...makes privacy and security applications. Google pulled a Disconnect app from store last year, saying it violated a policy. ... Disconnect said Google abused its dominant position in Europe’s mobile market to unfairly discriminate against Disconnect and favor its own privacy and security software.  MORE

I couldn't recognize Jessica Guynn's photograph:

Disconnect, maker of apps that block third parties from tracking Android users as they browse the Web or use apps...filed the antitrust complaint against Google. ... "We filed the complaint because after thousands of people downloaded [it] Google kicked the app out of the Play Store twice," Disconnect co-founder Casey Oppenheim said. ... "Google wouldn't even engage in a dialogue."

[Google] says it pulled the app because it disrupts how other apps function. It also pointed out that Google Play features more than 200 privacy apps that comply with its policies.  MORE

Greg Sterling was walking up the stairs:

The app in question is called “Malvertising.” The company says the app is intended to block malware [and] that it believes Google mistook its app for an adblocker.

Disconnect’s complaint extends to the notion that Google is tying the pre-installation of its own apps to use of Google Play...that the company discriminates against competing third party apps, a claim Google vigorously denies. ... Google has denied there’s any merit to the claims.  MORE

Something moved in silence. Loek Essers essplains: [You're fired -Ed.]

Google banned the Disconnect Mobile app last year, saying it violated its developer distribution agreement.

The app...blocks ads, tracking services and suspected malware sites, both inside apps and in Android’s browser [which] violates Google’s developer rules that state that apps should not interfere with or disrupt other apps.

[The] Google Play policies have long prohibited apps that interfere with other apps...alter the functionality of others or remove their way of making money, Google said, adding that these policies are uniformly applied.  MORE

I could feel Rob Triggs' mind decaying:

Google is already facing a legal battle in Europe to determine if it has been abusing its dominant market position, and now Disconnect Inc. is piling on the pressure.

[But] Google points to clause 4.4 of its Google Play policy, which “[has] long prohibited apps that interfere with other apps. ... All apps must comply.”

The choice to file a complaint in most likely to capitalize on the growing legal hostility towards the tech giant.  MORE

Only inches away from choleric:

What about the idea that Mountain View and third-party app makers tracking you...interferes with the normal functioning of the user as a person in an unacceptable way?  MORE

Meanwhile, Julie Bort doesn't know what she's doing outside:

Disconnect knows the nasty things an ad can secretly do. Cofounder Brian Kennish spent seven years working [at] DoubleClick...helping to create the company’s first mobile ad server. Another member of the team, Patrick Jackson, once worked on mobile technologies at the NSA.  

And Finally…
Me I Disconnect From You (live)

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