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Google Play to show what data will apps collect and how they use it

By Saima Siddiqui 
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California: Google has created privacy badges for its own applications in order to provide Google Play customers greater information about the data collected by the apps they download. Google’s “Data safety” area, which was first revealed in May 2021 and months after Apple’s App Store implemented privacy labels on its own app store, would force developers to disclose details about how their apps acquire, distribute, and safeguard user data.

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Data Safety is already live in Google’s store listings, both in a browser and in the Android store app, but it still requires developers to provide information for the listings, and all developers must complete this area for their apps by July 20.

“We heard from users and app developers that displaying the data an app collects, without additional context, is not enough,” Google explained. “That’s why we designed the Data safety section to allow developers to clearly mark what data is being collected and for what purpose it’s being used.”

The following is a list of the data that developers can display in the Data Security section:

Whether or whether the developer is gathering data and why.

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Whether or if the developer distributes data to third parties.

The app’s security policies, such as data encryption in transit and if users may request data deletion.

If an eligible app has agreed to adhere to Google Play’s Families Policy in order to better safeguard children in the Play store.

Whether the developer’s security methods have been evaluated against a worldwide security standard (more specifically, the MASVS).

Privacy Protection with Apple Mail

Meanwhile, Apple has taken its privacy-focused approach to a new level with new security features in iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS Monterey, and watchOS 8, which let users to better control and manage access to their personal information.

The new ‘Mail Privacy Protection’ feature in the Mail app prevents senders from collecting information about the user via invisible pixels.

The feature helps users keep senders from knowing when they receive an email and hides their IP address so it can’t be linked to other online behaviour or used to infer their location, according to the firm, which announced the function at its annual developer conference, WWDC21.

“Privacy has been central to our work at Apple from the very beginning,” said Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering.

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