Do you know how it works?
On Wednesday, July 28, Google officially released the design of its Google Play’s ‘privacy sections.’ Just like what they said last May, Google will require app developers to list down all their necessary app information. This includes the privacy details, whether or not the app shares the info with a third-party etc.
According to the report, the said privacy sections on each app will help users to avoid suspicious apps. Apart from that, users can also identify which software can massively drain their phones and data.
Google Play ‘safety sections’
As shown in their blog post, the newly-added privacy section on Google Play Store has the normal interface of Google Play. Once fully implemented, Android users can check each app’s privacy information on the ‘summary’ tab. There, all app developers will be required to disclose all private information about their software. Below are the said required developer information:
- Whether the app has security practices, like data encryption (whether the user can delete data or not)
- Whether the app follows Google Play Store’s Families policy
- Whether the app has been independently validated against a global security standard
- What type of data is collected and shared, such as location, contacts, personal information (e.g., name, email address), financial information, and more
- How the data is used, such as for app functionality, personalization, and more
- Whether data collection is optional or required in order to use an app
How the setup is for developers
If you’re a developer, the setup of the new ‘safety sections’ could be a real hassle for you. However, Google said that users can be more comfortable choosing their apps if that information is available for them to see.
Starting in October, Google will start accepting detailed security information from the developers. According to Tech Radar, the submitted set of information will be reviewed by Google. Once they’re approved, the official launching of the ‘safety sections’ will be implemented in the first quarter of 2022.
Google said they pushed the timeline in order to give time or ‘buffer’ to developers in submitting their information. Failure to do so, according to Google, may result in the app being removed or app updates being rejected from the Store.
For users, the app which no information on their safety section will say ‘No Information Available’ on their page. Once the system is done, users can check the section first before deciding to download the app.
Google’s ‘sugar dating’ app removal
In relative to the Google Play story, on Thursday, July 29, the company also announced disallowing “sugar dating” apps on the platform.
Starting Sept. 1, these apps will be removed from the Play Store under apps with “compensated sexual relationships.” Before, Google already prohibit apps with “services that may be interpreted as providing sexual acts in exchange for compensation.” However, in the recent update, the company specifically called out ‘sugar dating’ apps as one huge example.