On my Samsung Note 3 I have declined the Google Play terms of service. Despite this, the system has connected to Google Play to download updates for all the bloatware preinstalled on the system, and a few other third-party applications such as JuiceSSH that I've installed.

By whose authority are these updates being made, after I've explicitly denied their terms?

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    Request for clarification: did you establish a Google account at all on that device – maybe for contacts, calendar, or some other part of the Google Empire's apps? If so, could their TOS be interpreted in "authority on all things Google"?
    – Izzy
    Sep 1, 2015 at 14:56
  • @Izzy: Yes, I do have the device linked to an account and sync contacts and calendar. However, if this is the case, then why does the device request explicit Google Play permissions at all?
    – dotancohen
    Sep 1, 2015 at 15:39
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    I can't tell that. After all, you already confirmed the "general TOS" when configuring/creating your Google account on the device; so if there's a different agreement required, denying that should be honored (and if not, you shouldn't be asked). You could report that as a bug to Google – which is the only party to answer this question, I'm afraid.
    – Izzy
    Sep 1, 2015 at 15:46

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Samsung has its own appstore: Galaxy Apps. The bloatware on my Galaxy S6 is installed and updated through that instead of through Google Play. Could that be going on on your Note 3? I don't know if Galaxy Apps updates apps installed through Google Play, but perhaps it does.

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    This explanation seems likely enough to accept, until contradictory information is found. Thanks.
    – dotancohen
    Oct 8, 2015 at 14:45

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