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Google scolded for depriving the poor of privacy as Chinese malware bundled on phones for hard-up Americans

Doctor Syntax Silver badge

"Surely Virgin, Unimax (who?) and the US gov are more responsible for these phones since they actually make and distribute them."

The US gov makes or distributes phones? Since when?

OTOH I'd agree that the obvious line of attack would be those selling them, at least under European customer protection legislation. It's then up to the vendor to twist the arms of the makers.

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