Android Gains Safe Browsing Features To Out Apps Collecting Data Without Permission

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According to the new policy, any apps handling users' personal information like email addresses or phone numbers, or device data will have to prompt users before doing so. The app also needs to prominently explain how user data will be used. And now, it's launching a new app entirely dedicated for the same on Android platforms.

This amounts to "clandestine surveillance software that is unknown to Android users at the time of app installation", Yale's Privacy Labs wrote in its report. If an app continues to stray from the policy, users are likely to see its Safe Browsing full-page warnings, which will probably drive users away from the offending software. READ NEXT:Facebook launches new messaging app for kids "In our efforts to protect users and serve developers, the Google Safe Browsing team has expanded enforcement of Google's Unwanted Software Policy to further tamp down on unwanted and harmful mobile behaviors on Android", said Google. Afterwards, website administrators and app publishers will be able to view any data collection strikes. "For example, during analytics and crash reportings, (sic) the list of installed packages unrelated to the app may not be transmitted from the device without prominent disclosure and affirmative consent".

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The changes reflect an update in August to the Personal and Sensitive Information section of Google's Developer Policy Center. If the data is not functional to the working of the app, an explanation will be required so that the user can choose to give or not give access. Apart from highlighting the consumption, Datally will also suggest you the ways to bring down that consumption based on your usage and activity. The company says that if app developers refuse to comply, Google will display a warning of its own.

Not that these weren't available in Android until now, but Google's app provide a single space to get all the tasks done related to data consumption and management.

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