Check your Android phone NOW after Google makes huge change to app safety


GOOGLE is making a massive change to how it deals with app permissions on Android this week.

The tech giant is updating the rules app makers must follow from July 20, so be on the look out.

A new data safety section will now appear under apps you download from the Google Play Store.

Here, developers will have to state what they do and don’t use.

But it comes at a price.

The existing app permissions tab will be going.

As one expert points out, this is both good and bad.

The good bit is, the new data safety information is a lot simpler.

However, the concern is that developers can choose what they want to say in it.

“The con is that the info in the Data Safety section is given by the developer, so what’s shown there is up to them,” expert Mishaal Rahman explained.

Google has set a deadline of July 20 to make the changes.

The firm said it’ll be on the look out for skirting around the truth, though it admits they “cannot make determinations on behalf of the developers of how they handle user data”.

According to the official rules, developers are “responsible for making complete and accurate declarations in your app’s Store Listing on Google Play”.

“Google Play reviews apps across all policy requirements; however we cannot make determinations on behalf of the developers of how they handle user data,” it reads.

“Only you possess all the information required to complete the Data safety form.

“When Google becomes aware of a discrepancy between your app behaviour and your declaration, we may take appropriate action, including enforcement action.”

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