Google added a Data Safety section to apps published on Google Play Store in May. The feature first appeared in app listings in April will soon be mandatories for all apps (From July 20).
The new info window seems to replace the app permission overview that all apps used to have on the Play Store.
This may sound confusing. Each app listed in the Play Store has a list of Android OS permissions it requires.
These permissions can be gentle, like accessing the network, or more sensitive and problematic things like accessing contacts, files on the phone, and location data.
Google generates this list by scanning the app files of a developer upon submission to Google. This means that the list cannot be edited or withheld from users.
On the other hand, the new Data Safety section is entirely populated by the developer.
Google offers a developer console on its Play Store that allows developers to list various data types, personal and device.
They can then disclose how their apps are handling them.
Google’s guidelines simply state that false data can result in some type of punishment.
While we all support the new Data Safety information, it is easy to see why it should be placed in Play Store listings rather than the app permissions overview.
This is what appears to be happening at the moment. There is still time for both data and behavior to be tuned.
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