Google Play app listing will require privacy info just like App Store. From next year, the apps on Google Play will display details concerning what data they collect exactly.
And also some more information concerning their privacy and security practices in a new safety segment in their app listing.
This announcement came in some months after Apple started showing similar privacy information in the App Store.
In the same manner that the policy of Apple covers its own app as well as those that were built by third parties, Google mentions that its first-party apps will as well be required to supply this information.
Google’s Comment Concerning the New Feature
Following what the company said, the initiative is meant to:
“help people understand the data an app collects or shares, if that data is secured, and additional details that impact privacy and security.” The section will give in detail what user data an app has access to.
However, Google mentions also that it wants to allow developers to give context to describe how it is being used. And also what exactly it means for their apps’ functionality.
Google says the app will give info if data is encrypted
Google also made it clear that apps will give information about if exactly data is encrypted. If they comply with the policies of Google around apps that are aimed at children. And also if users can opt-out of data sharing.
The company says the information will as well highlight if a third party has verified the safety section of the app, and also if users can ask for their data to be deleted.
The latest policy won’t come into action for some months, and Google made it clear that this should give enough time to developers to be able to implement the changes made.
This new technology to supply more information concerning data privacy and security follows the recent announcement Google made. That is refitting how apps are allowed to place themselves on the Google Play Store.
Although, the exact date for enforcement is not yet announced. In the end, app listings will not be allowed to make use of tricks and make themselves extremely attractive.
Just like writing words in block letters or making use of emoji in app names. Google has said that more information on the latest policies will come in in the second half of the year. So we definitely should expect the privacy features soon.