Google Is Clamping Down On App Data Collection

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On its blog post, Google said, "These requirements apply to apps in Google Play and non-Play app markets".

Google says that the expansion is needed to ramp up its efforts to combat the increasing number of malicious and harmful Android apps around today.

Developers have 60 days to get with the programme before Google starts rolling it out.

Striving towards better user privacy, Google's Safe Browsing team on Friday announced new and improved regulations for Android apps that are both on and off the Google Play Store.

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The new restrictions provided by "Safe Browsing team' cites that apps are required to provide their privacy policy and prompt users to share their data". Afterwards, website administrators and app publishers will be able to view any data collection strikes. Further, if the apps save information that is not necessary they are needed to explain users how the data is going to be used. This will apply at all times; for instance, the list of installed apps on your device can not be sent from your device during a crash report without consent.

The changes reflect an update in August to the Personal and Sensitive Information section of Google's Developer Policy Center. The user must provide consent for all of these.

Any apps that fail to display a custom privacy policy will find that their Play Store listing is slapped with a warning. From there, you can dial into your weekly or monthly usage (via the manage data button), set up threshold alerts, and control which apps have access to your mobile data. To gain consent, the user will need to tap to accept or tick a check-box.

The simple, intuitive app is created to help you get a handle on your mobile data usage and stop rogue apps from surreptitiously using it up. The apps will be considered to violate Google's policy if they don't follow the rules for prominent disclosure.

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