Google is now cracking down apps that track data without permission

Google is now cracking down apps that track data without permission

The company has updated its Unwanted Software Policy page and the guidance page on how app developers should handle user data. Further, if the apps save information that is not necessary they are needed to explain users how the data is going to be used.

While Android OS is often exploited due to its open platform, Google has begun cracking down on the applications that aren't playing by the rules.

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.

Any apps that fail to display a custom privacy policy will find that their Play Store listing is slapped with a warning.

Google has expanded enforcement of its unwanted software policy on Android devices, as part of what it says is an effort to protect users from deceptive and overly intrusive apps.

Google is now cracking down apps that track data without permission
Google is now cracking down apps that track data without permission

In case you don't want to block the entire background data consumption, you can also opt for the complete list of apps to let you select the ones you want to deny the access to background data.

As one example, Stanton said an application would not be permitted to send data unrelated to the app during app analytics and crash reporting sessions without it first notifying the user of what it is doing and obtaining permission for that transmission.

It must also be displayed within the normal usage of the app and not be buried in settings.

Google's new disclosure requirements calls on app developers to ensure that any data they collect and notices pertaining to such collection are compliant with US-EU Privacy Shield principles.

Not that these weren't available in Android until now, but Google's app provide a single space to get all the tasks done related to data consumption and management. 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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