Google says: Its applications are also required to provide this information, in the same way that Apple’s policy covers both its applications and external applications.
According to the research giant, the initiative aims to help people understand the data the app collects or shares, whether this data is secure, and the additional details that affect privacy and security.
The new section within the Google Play Store details the user data that the app can access, such as: location, contacts, or personal information such as email address.
Google says it also wants to allow developers to give context to explain how the data is used and what it means for the functionality of their apps.
Google explains that the apps within the Google Play Store provide information about whether the data is encrypted, whether it complies with its policies about apps that target children, and whether users can opt out of sharing data.
The search giant notes that the information also highlights whether a third party has verified the app’s security section, and whether users can request that their data be deleted.
The new policy will not take effect within the Google Play Store for several months, and Google says: This should give developers sufficient time to implement the changes.
She explained that developers are able to start announcing new privacy information in the last quarter of this year, and that it will start appearing to users in the first quarter of 2022.
Google said: New applications and application updates within the Google Play Store are required to include these new privacy details from the second quarter of 2022, and applications that do not comply may be banned from updates.
This new initiative to provide more information about data privacy and security comes in the wake of Google’s announcement of a comprehensive overhaul of how apps are allowed to present themselves via the Google Play Store.
Although an exact implementation date hasn’t been announced yet, app menus won’t be allowed to use tricks to try to make themselves eye-catching, such as typing words in capital letters or using emojis in app names.
Google says: More information about the new policies will arrive in the second half of this year.