Google's new guidelines will prevent apps from collecting unnecessary user data

Google's new guidelines will prevent apps from collecting unnecessary user data

Google's new guidelines will prevent apps from collecting unnecessary user data

The crackdown is a new effort to combat malicious and harmful Android apps and will apply to software distributed through the Play Store as well as third-party Android app markets.

This amounts to "clandestine surveillance software that is unknown to Android users at the time of app installation", Yale's Privacy Labs wrote in its report. If Google flags an app or site, the webmasters can get guidance on the Search Console about the remediation and resolution of the warning. 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". Developers must also be transparent when collecting personal data unrelated to the functionality in the apps they're offering (a weather or battery-saving app that needs access to your phone contacts, for instance).

"These data collection requirements apply to all functions of the app". 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. Developers should refer to the Unwanted Software Help Center.

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For example, the in-app disclosure must be shown within the app itself and not just the Play Store listing or on a website. Apart from highlighting the consumption, Datally will also suggest you the ways to bring down that consumption based on your usage and activity.

The affirmative consent request dialog needs to be presented in a clear and unambiguous way. Any app that collects personal data will be subject to the new rules. Interestingly, it does not matter whether apps are featured in Google Play or they come via other marketplaces.

New and existing applications will have 60 days to conform to these new rules, or developers risk their app displaying the new message asking for consent.

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