Google Play Store offers a myriad of apps, most of which require access to your personal data before being installed on your Android smartphone. But this might soon be put to an end thanks to Google’s new app policy.
The new policy is applicable to all functions of an app. For instance, if an application requires sending analytics, it can’t transmit information unrelated to the app unless it discloses the reason and gets permission from the user.
“If an app collects and transmits personal data unrelated to the functionality of the app then, prior to collection and transmission, the app must prominently highlight how the user data will be used and have the user provide affirmative consent for such use,” Google wrote in its blog post
Interestingly, apps installed outside Google Play Store will have to follow the new guidelines too. In case apps don’t follow it, Google Play Protect will show a warning when such app tries to collect your personal data without notifying you. Developers have 60 days to implement the requested changes before Google puts the warning button on their apps.
Google just recently listed new rules that ban apps from displaying ads on user’s lock screen. With these new guidelines, it will help to save users personal data from being plundered by hackers and miscreants.