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Google cracking down on data collecting Android apps

Posted on Wednesday, December 06 2017 @ 12:43:12 CET by

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After controversy arose about Play Store apps that capture an awful lot of user data, Google is cracking down on this practice. The search giant will require Android app developers to provide better warnings.

For example, if the app handles personal data, like phone numbers of e-mail addresses, or device data (like EMEI numbers), developers will need to prompt the user, and incorporate a privacy policy in the app.

Furthermore, apps that collect data unrelated to the functionality of the app will need to inform users and gain consent prior to collection and transmission.
If developers don't comply within 60 days, Google said, it will warn users via Google Play Protect “or on webpages that lead to these apps”.

“Google Safe Browsing will show warnings on apps and on websites leading to apps that collect a user’s personal data without their consent”, the announcement said.
Via: The Register



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