Android Developers Receiving FBI Warnings, May be Part of a Subpoena
It appears that Android developers have been receiving emails from Google’s legal team via the FBI, informing them about a subpoena that may affect Google. Basically, developers are warned that they may be forced to give out contact information and they also say that the FBI may follow up with each developer to get more info.
Phandroid contacted FBI Atlanta and they confirmed the authenticity of the emails. Google has apparently received a subpoena that has the aim to find information about Android apps that have been made available on alternative app stores/third party markets without the consent of developers The subpoena requires information both about the apps and its developer, so the bottom line is that the devs are claiming what’s theirs and Google doesn’t let their work go to waste or get sold for nothing in international app stores.
Developers have nothing to worry about and if they’re victims only then FBI will follow up. Google has yet to confirm this, but it may be a move to get rid of the Chinese application stores that sell some Android apps without permission.