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Google adds a new ‘Data Safety’ section to its Play Store

Google is adding a new ‘Data Safety’ section to its Play Store that will require app developers to give their users more information about the app’s data collection and how to keep it secure. Google says that users will start seeing the ‘Data Safety’ section in its Play Store app from Wednesday. Google The developers have been given time till July 20 to fill this section.

The blog post states that “Users want to know for what purpose their data is being collected and whether the developer is sharing user data with third parties?
Google is hoping to address this issue and user queries by introducing a new ‘Data Safety’ section in its Play Store. Users can also check whether a particular type of data is required for the app to function or if this data collection is optional.

The post states that Google is trying to improve security for Android users across the board with several key measures. For example, now when an app asks for key permissions like location or camera access, users have the option of limiting it to just one time, only while using the app, or all the time. Users on Android 12 can visit the Android Privacy Dashboard to review data access by apps for sensitive data permissions.

What the Data Safety section will reflect on the developer:

– Is the developer collecting the data and for what purpose?
– Is the developer sharing data with third parties?
– Security practices of the app such as encryption and whether user data can be asked to be deleted?
– Has any eligible app committed to comply with Google Play’s Families Policy — to better protect children in the Play Store?
– Has the developer set the global security standard. Have you validated your security practices against?

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