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

If the apps save user information that is not necessary, they are needed to explain how the data is going to be used

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Highlights

    • New guidelines will prevent apps from collecting users’ data without their consent
    • Apps handling personal data are required to provide their privacy policy in the app

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 Mountain View Company has rolled out new guidelines to protect its Android users’ personal data from being misused. Notably, these new guidelines will prevent apps from collecting user data which is not necessary. 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. Further, if the apps save information that is not necessary they are needed to explain users how the data is going to be used.

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.