Google has added a new “Data Safety section” to the Google Play store for app listings. This will require app developers self-reporting their data-collection policies in a format that is easy to understand for Android users.
The company said that:
“Users will start seeing the Data safety section in Google Play today, and developers are required to complete this section for their apps by July 20th,”
“Users want to know for what purpose their data is being collected and whether the developer is sharing user data with third parties,”
“In addition, users want to understand how app developers are securing user data after an app is downloaded.”
The Data safety section will explain the app’s data policies and clarify whether the information obtained is mandatory or voluntary. Furthermore, the new feature is expected to assist enhance security on the Google Play Store by providing consumers with clear insight into each app’s data collecting policy.
This means that questionable apps that do not comply to the new feature are also removed from the app store.
Google has stated that consumers should enjoy using the applications they have installed without putting their safety at risk:
“The new Data safety section, in addition to Google Play’s existing safety features, gives people the visibility and control they need to enjoy their apps.”