Originally Posted by JIMV
You raise a good issue but I am not sure if this is a problem. If one does not store files in Google play file locations, how would Google find your evil files? I have not even opened the Google play app since I have owned the phone. My video and picture files are in files associated with apps called video and photo vault. My music is found in folders I created on the SD card.
Agreed. Google will have a kill switch for stuff installed via the Play Store, as other companies have (e.g. Amazon ironically demonstrated this by deleting copies of 1984 from people's Kindles a couple of years ago). But they don't have any link to any of my media.
Plus it would be the death of the platform if they were to try to go into the device and remove stuff you didn't get from them, and that *would* hurt their bottom line.