Google: Android apps must provide privacy information by April 2022

Google today announced more details about its upcoming “secure section” feature of Google Play, which provides users with information about the data collected and used by Android applications. In May, Google pre-announced upcoming changes to the Google Play Store, which require application developers to share the information collected by their application, how the collected data is used, and the privacy / security features that the application uses. Starting in the first quarter of 2022, this information will appear in the new “security section” of each application on Google Play, allowing users to see the types of data collected by the application, the privacy policy and the security features before installing that.

Some of the information about the application that users will see includes what data is collected, what data is shared with third parties, whether the application uses data encryption, whether it complies with Google’s family policy, or whether it has been independently audited accordingly with global security rules. Today, Google also announced additional policy changes, which require all application developers to include a privacy policy, and must also disclose data used by third-party libraries or application SDKs. In addition, Google provides developers with an updated timeline that indicates when they can start submitting this information, when users can start viewing the security section, and the deadline for developers to provide information.

Since October 2022 the “privacy and security of the application” is available on the content page of the Play Console application. Developers can complete the questionnaire and provide information on the data collected, the security features used and the privacy policy of the application 2022, Google Play user, including all data provided by the application developer, navigate privacy and the security of the application. Developers must provide application privacy policies because this section is displayed. Finally, in April 2022, all applications must complete the “privacy and security of applications”, including privacy policies. If this section has unresolved problems, Google Play rejects all update dates until it is completed.

Province Google Help Center offers a list of purposes to use the:

Google Help Center for developers and data to use the data that must be disclosed as part of this process . Some of the questions that developers must respond to their application features and safety practices are as follows. You have the opportunity to disclose this to your label.

 Remove Mechanism: Do you provide a way to apply for data disposal? You have the opportunity to disclose this to your label.

 Family Policy: Do your application’s data collection practices agree with Google Play’s family policy?

Security Review: Are you interested in taking your application through an external security review based on global standards? You have the opportunity to show this on your label.

Collection method: Data collection needs to use an option or application?

The following are some of the types of data that app developers must disclose that their apps collect or share:

  • Location data, such as the user’s approximate or precise location
  • Personal information, such as username, phone number, and email address
  • Financial information, such as User’s credit card number and bank account number
  • Health and fitness information
  • Photos or videos
  • Audio files, such as recordings and music files
  • Stored as files and documents
  • Post office electronic or text
  • Calendar information
  • Contact information
  • The installed application is on the user’s device Operation in the application  such as page   browsing
  • Application performance, such as fault log and performance diagnosis
  • Identifier such as id Device

 Finally, developers must disclose the purpose of their use of the above data such as:

  • Application functions required for the operation of the application.
  • Developer communications, such as reminders, notifications, promotions and similar communications.
  • Analysis of how users use the application and how it works.
  • fraud  prevention and security or personalized.
  • content and  recommendations.

 Google said it will provide a complete list of uses in the future.

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