The Google Play Store will now show you how apps collect and share your data 2022-04-26 10:30:05


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tl; DR

  • Google is now rolling out a new data security section on the Play Store.
  • It will show how apps collect, share, and secure your data.
  • It is mandatory for all applications starting from 20 July 2022.

Google Play Store is getting a new privacy feature that will make downloading easier new apps more transparent.

Starting today, you’ll see a “Data Security” section for every app in the Play Store. Similar to Apple’s privacy feed label, this new section will include information about the data apps collect and share. You will also be able to see what steps developers take to secure your personal data.

Google has tasked developers with completing a data security section for their apps by July 20, 2022. So if you don’t see it for a specific app, it will in the next few weeks.

Developers will also be required to update the section if they change the functionality of the application or their data processing practices.

“Users want to know what their data is collected for and whether the developer is sharing user data with third parties. In addition, users want to understand how app developers secure user data after downloading the app. That’s why we designed the Data Security section to allow developers to decide what data is being Clearly collect them and for what purpose they are used,” Google wrote in a blog post announcing the new feature.

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What will the new data security section contain?

Here is a list of information developers can view in the Data Security section:

  • Whether the developer collects data and for what purpose.
  • Whether the developer shares data with third parties.
  • Application security practices, such as data encryption in transit and whether users can request data to be deleted.
  • Whether an eligible app has adhered to the Google Play Families Policy to better protect children in the Play Store.
  • Whether the developer has validated its security practices against a global security standard.

The new Data Security section adds to Google’s ongoing efforts toward enhancing user security. Android 12 also introduced some Impactful Privacy Changes That gave users more control over app permissions in the form of a new privacy dashboard as well as microphone and camera indicators. All in all, Google seems to be heading in the right direction with regards to app safety.