Google to clamp down on Android app snooping

Google to clamp down on Android app snooping

The section covers requirements for how an in-app data-usage disclosure must be displayed and how the app needs to request user consent. If the app collects and transmits personal data that is not related to its functions, prior to collection and transmission, it must explain how it will use the data and gain consent. If an app continues to stray from the policy, users are likely to see its Safe Browsing full-page warnings, which will probably drive users away from the offending software. Safe Browsing alerts will display for all apps and websites that appear to collect the user's information without first acquiring explicit consent.

Brands should take note - Google has told Android app developers and webmasters they have 60 days to give users of their products better warnings about how their products track behavior and collect data or risk being flagged in Google Play Project or on webpages that lead to their apps.

Now, app developers handling user and device data will have to provide their own privacy policies after installation.

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Google notes that two common violations are when an app doesn't treat a user's installed apps as personal or sensitive user data and when an app doesn't treat the user's phone or contact book as personal data. Google's help centre. Advice on making remedial actions will be available inside the facility. Failure to comply will result in a Safe Browsing warning from Google. Developers must also be transparent when collecting personal data unrelated to the functionality in the apps they're offering (a weather or battery-saving app that needs access to your phone contacts, for instance). If a developer includes surreptitious data harvesting in an Android app, Safe Browsing will be able to detect it and warn the user.

The company did not say whether the new policy of privacy violation warnings will apply to its own software as well.

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