Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

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

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

Called Datally, the new app from Google will let users tackle down data consumption by making them better aware of the app and time based consumption of data.

The crackdown is a new effort to combat malicious and harmful Android apps and will apply to software distributed through the Play Store as well as third-party Android app markets.

"The Mountain View Company has rolled out new guidelines to protect its Android users" personal data from being misused. The alerts will pop up on app store and webpages that lead to the offending apps.

Google announced plans to crack down on Android applications that fail to warn users when they are collecting personal data.

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

"These data collection requirements apply to all functions of the app. Additionally, if an app collects and transmits personal data unrelated to the functionality of the app then, prior to collection and transmission, the app must prominently highlight how the user data will be used and have the user provide affirmative consent for such use". This covers anything from location data to crash reports, which often include a list of apps the user has installed. Google's help centre. Advice on making remedial actions will be available inside the facility. 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.

It must also be displayed within the normal usage of the app and not be buried in settings.

In order to avoid Google's ban hammer, Android app developers must follow a series of rules regarding user data collection and disclosure. Failure to comply will result in a Safe Browsing warning from Google.

New and existing applications will have 60 days to conform to these new rules, or developers risk their app displaying the new message asking for consent.

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