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Google to Crack Down on Android Apps That Collect User Data Without Consent


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

The OS maker is giving app developers 60 days to fix their issues and update apps with notifications of their full practices. In case app developers fail to comply, Google will take it upon itself to warn users.

Google to show warnings on Play and non-Play app markets

Google plans to show these warnings via the Google Play Protect service that's built into the official Play Store app. After 60 days, Google Play Protect will warn users about apps installed on their phones and when users try to install new apps that fail to disclose user data collection practices.

Google will also show warnings inside Chrome for Android when users are trying to access third-party websites that offer Android apps for download. Inside Chrome, this alert will appear as a Safe Browsing error before the user gets to access a site hosting the infringing app.

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