Google Is Clamping Down On App Data Collection

Google Is Clamping Down On App Data Collection

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. If an app continues to stray from the policy, users are likely to see its Safe Browsing full-page warnings, which will probably drive users away from the offending software. After 60 days, Google Play Protect will warn users about apps installed on their phones and when users try to install new apps that fail to disclose user data collection practices.

From February next year, Android apps that handle personal data such as phone numbers and email addresses, as well as device data, will be required to prompt users for permission to collect the information.

This extends beyond those found on the Play Store, to those found anywhere on the internet as per a new set of guidelines on how data handling should be conducted by developers.

Google will also show warnings inside Chrome for Android when users are trying to access third-party websites that offer Android apps for download. Under a new "Unwanted Software Policy" announced late last week, Google will now show warnings when apps acquired in this manner tamper with personal data.

They must also ask a user's permission before they collect and transmit personal data that's unrelated to the functionality of the program, and clearly and prominently explain how the information will be used.

These requirements apply to all app functions, and Google oogle says that during analytics and crash reports any list of installed packages that are unrelated to the app can't be transmitted from the device. It also can't be placed in a privacy policy or terms of service and must not be bundled with non-privacy disclosures.

Google just recently listed new rules that ban apps from displaying ads on user's lock screen.

The Safe Browsing team is giving developers 60 days to update their apps towards this direction.

Websites owners that attract a Safe Browsing warning will need to follow the usual processes in the Search Console if they want to resolve the warnings.