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Google Forces Developers to Explain Data Collection


Developers will need to declare what data they collect, what it is used for, whether the collection is optional, and with which third parties they share that data.

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Google is introducing a new section in Play Store listings that requires developers to describe the data their app gathers and how it is used.

According to Google, users want to understand why apps collect their data and whether the developer is sharing it with third parties, as well as how developers protect that data (an encouraging sign, showing that data literacy is growing among the general population - Ed.).

The new section on the Play Store is titled 'Data safety,' and can be found on each app's page, alongside the normal sections like 'About this app' and 'Ratings and reviews'.

It will function as a privacy label, providing users with key information at a glance, which should be enough to let them decide whether or not to install the app.

From Computing (U.K.)
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