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Google Play obtains mandatory app privacy labels in April 2022

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: In iOS 14, Apple addition of a “confidentiality” section to the App Store, requiring app developers to list what data they collect and how they use it. Google – which was one of the main targets of Apple’s privacy nutrition labels and delayed app updates for months to avoid complying with the policy – monkey now feature for google play. Google job a demo of what the “Privacy and Data Security” section of Google Play will look like, and it’s got everything you’d expect if you’ve recently visited the App Store. There is information about what data applications collect, whether or not data is shared with third parties, and how the data is stored. Developers can also explain what the data is for and whether data collection is required to use the app. The section also indicates whether the collected data is encrypted or not, whether the user can delete the data and whether the app follows Google’s “Families” policy (ie all the usual COPPA stuff).

The Google Play privacy section will be mandatory for all developers in April 2022, and starting in October, Google says developers can start filling out information in the Google Play console “for review.” Google also says that in April all apps will be required to provide a privacy policy, even if they don’t collect any data. Apps that do not have an “approved” privacy section by April may have their app updates rejected or their app removed. Google says, “Developers are required to provide accurate and complete information in their security section.” All of this information basically works on the honor system, and on iOS developers have already been caught tampering with their privacy labels.

Google Play obtains mandatory app privacy labels in April 2022

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