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Starting July 20th, Android app developers using Google Play will be required to complete the Data safety section feature:
“We work hard to keep Google Play a safe, trusted space for people to enjoy the latest Android apps. Today, we’re launching a new feature, the Data safety section, where developers will be required to give people more information about how apps collect, share and secure users’ data. 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. As app developers update their functionality or change their data handling practices, they will show the latest in the apps’ Data safety section.”
Users and developers have wanted this requirement because of concerns about how data is used and shared with third parties and whether the data is for funtional or optional needs:
Whether the developer is collecting data and for what purpose.
Whether the developer is sharing data with third parties. The app’s security practices, like encryption of data in transit and whether users can ask for data to be deleted.
Whether a qualifying app has committed to following Google Play’s Families Policy to better protect children in the Play store.
Whether the developer has validated their security practices against a global security standard (more specifically, the MASVS).
The Data safety section goal is to improve safety and security considerations for users. This will enhance the already present privacy features already available through Google Play:
“Apps should help users explore the world, connect with loved ones, do work, learn something new, and more without compromising user safety. 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.”