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Google's app store lost a third of all apps as EU's GDPR arrived in 2018, US study says

By Nicholas Wallace
  • 09 May 2022 16:29
  • 09 May 2022 16:29
A third of all apps on the Google Play store were withdrawn around the time the EU’s strict General Data Protection Regulation was introduced, according to study from the National Bureau for Economic Research, a US think tank.

The research showed that apps leaving the store averaged 100,000 per quarter until late 2017,

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Nicholas Wallace


Nicholas Wallace has covered data privacy and security for MLex in Brussels since November 2021. Prior to joining MLex, he worked as a freelance reporter for Science Magazine, Science|Business, and International News Services, an agency serving trade publications worldwide. He holds a masters degree in public policy, jointly awarded by the Central European University in Budapest and the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals, and a bachelors degree in politics from Liverpool John Moores University.

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