October 19, 2021

Google will make Android apps tell users about data collection, Tech News News & Top Stories

MOUNTAIN VIEW (BLOOMBERG) – Google said it will create a new safety section in its Play mobile-app store that will let Android smartphone users see what data developers collect about them and share, plus give access to additional privacy and security information.

Android app developers have until the second quarter of 2022 to declare this information, the Alphabet unit said Thursday (May 6) in a blog post. Users will begin seeing the safety section in Google Play sometime in the first three months of 2022.

The transparency push echoes rival Apple’s decision in 2020 to compel app-makers to disclose what information they gather, and what they do with it.

Apple’s latest mobile software update, iOS 14.5, includes an App Tracking Transparency feature, which requires users to opt in to being tracked by apps for personalised advertising. Developers expect to lose revenue from this change…

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