Google Is Clamping Down On App Data Collection

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Interestingly, apps installed outside Google Play Store will have to follow the new guidelines too.

Google said the new requirements are part of an expanded enforcement of its unwanted software policy, which aims to protect users from deceptive software. That'll involve more strictly enforcing the company's unwanted software policy, which already demands that app developers be transparent with users when collecting their personal information. In case app developers fail to comply, Google will take it upon itself to warn users.

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Google's Paul Stanton wrote, "Apps handling personal user data (such as user phone number or email), or device data will be required to prompt users and to provide their own privacy policy in the app". Google Safe Browsing will now show warnings on apps - and even on websites leading to app installations - for apps that collect a user's personal data without consent. Any app that collects personal data will be subject to the new rules. Further, if the apps save information that is not necessary they are needed to explain users how the data is going to be used.

Developers will also need to offer a way for users to give their "affirmative consent" if an app collects and transmits personal data that's unrelated to the functionality of the app. For instance, if an application requires sending analytics, it can't transmit information unrelated to the app unless it discloses the reason and gets permission from the user.

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Google just recently listed new rules that ban apps from displaying ads on user's lock screen. If the requirements listed are not met, warnings may be shown on user devices through Google Play Protect or on webpages that lead to these apps. This will help to crack down on malicious apps, including those from third-party sources that would previously go unnoticed by the Safe Browsing service.

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