JustDial android app taken off from Google Play Store : Privacy Violation? [Update]

Ahead of its Initial Public Offering, local search company Justdial has taken a body blow as its Android app with more than 7 lakh downloads goes missing from Google’s app store, clipping one of its major growth channels for the future.

The Android app, which was launched last year (read our review) is not available on Google Play store anymore and even the last update (which was done on September 20th) has made the app totally unusable.

The app had more than 7 lakh downloads and after the latest update (on Sep 20th), some of the Pluggd.in readers reported that JustDial app was scanning and retrieving one’s mobile phone contact book, which is a privacy violation and hence the takedown by Google*.

Search for app yields no result (link) and while the earlier app link is still active (link), you won’t be able to install the app.

Justdial is banking on Mobile and Internet to power its future growth. In the year 2012, 2011 and 2010, approximately 56%, 48% and 46% of the total number of searches were conducted through their Internet and mobile Internet services. The company is in the process of developing apps for iPhone, Windows Phone 7 and other mobile platforms, as well.

*We have asked Justdial for more details and will update as soon as we get them.

» Read: What you need to know about JustDial IPO.

Update (Sep 26, 2012): The app is available in the app store now.

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