Android Gains Safe Browsing Features To Out Apps Collecting Data Without Permission

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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". 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.

The company goes to say: "These data collection requirements apply to all functions of the app".




This extends beyond those found on the Play Store, to those found anywhere on the internet as per a new set of guidelines on how data handling should be conducted by developers. The updated policy will help Google to reduce unwanted and harmful behavior on Android. Further, if the apps save information that is not necessary they are needed to explain users how the data is going to be used. Google Safe Browsing will now show warnings on apps - and even on websites leading to app installations - for apps that collect a user's personal data without consent. The rules stipulate that any form of data collection could trigger a Safe Browsing warning, including activity where the developer is using it to improve an app. Information uploaded as part of application logs or crash reports could result in a flag for the publisher if it contains user details that haven't been disclosed. It also can't be placed in a privacy policy or terms of service and must not be bundled with non-privacy disclosures. To gain consent, the user will need to tap to accept or tick a check-box. App developers caught by the new Safe Browsing warnings can request an app review on the App Verifications and Appeals support page. Any app that collects personal data will be subject to the new rules. Interestingly, it does not matter whether apps are featured in Google Play or they come via other marketplaces.

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