Google don't Play that; apps will now need to notify users about data harvesting
Subject: General Tech | December 5, 2017 - 01:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google, google play, Privacy
Google has responded to the news stories posted last week at various news sites about the secretive data collection many apps on Google Play indulge in. Developers of Android apps now have 60 days to update their privacy polices and add notifications if their apps collect personal information such as your phone number and contacts or device information such as IMEI. If they do not comply Google will create warnings for them, which will be displayed prominently. The Register also reports that Google will include crash reports in this policy, requiring apps to notify users if the report will contain data not directly related to the app which crashed.
"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”."
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