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Google warns apps’ developers of Play Store

Before Google completely takes up a look of so-called zombie apps, Google management has decided to restrict the visibility or absolutely remove the apps that are violating Google’s User Data Policy by March 15, 2017. The app developers are being warned by the company that it has decided to purge the apps that don’t follow privacy policies. The warning emails are being sent to the developers worldwide from Google this week to follow the policies or get ready for apps sweeping.

Play Store had over 2,200,000 apps as of October 2016 but the quality cannot be preferred over quantity. All through the years, many less advantageous apps have also hoarded in the Play Store because of lack of disciplinary actions. The app developers seek illegal means such as false reviews to magnetize users. Google has been taking encounter against such apps. It shut down many falsified apps in November last year which spoiled Google Play Developer Policy.

According to Google’s User Data Policy

“You must be transparent in how you handle user data (e.g., information provided by a user, collected about a user, and collected about a user’s use of the app or device), including by disclosing the collection, use, and sharing of the data, and you must limit use of the data to the description in the disclosure. If your app handles personal or sensitive user data, there are additional requirements described below. This policy establishes Google Play’s minimum privacy requirements; you or your app may need to comply with additional restrictions or procedures if required by an applicable law.”

According to Google’s User Data policy, developers must be “transparent” in how they accumulate, manage and share user records. This time Google Play wants the app developers to give a legitimate privacy plan when the app needs access to users’ private and sensitive data. Apps at times ask users for access to the camera, location, microphone, accounts, contacts etc. For example, Google Maps app asking for access to location, any beauty app requests to access gallery pictures, Instagram requires access to camera and microphone and so on.

The company has asked the developers to post valid links of their privacy policy and if they are not providing it then they should stop asking for users’ sensitive information.

This is an excellent step regarding as there is much trash, also called “zombie”, apps thronging the Play Store and others which are pitiable performers. After this, only the apps from genuine developers will be accessible and evident in the Play Store.

 

Nazish Islam - a media graduate with an undying love for chai, books, traveling, series shows, sports, hijab, and of course writing.

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