Google to remove apps from the Play Store that ask for SMS and Call Log permissions
Today, the search giant announced that it will start removing all apps asking for SMS or Call Log permissions from the Google Play Store over the next few weeks. Developers who have not submitted a permission declaration form will have their apps removed from the Google Play Store.
If that happens, they have two choices: submit a new version without these permissions, or submit a new version that retains these permissions, but complete a special declaration form inside the Play Console. This declaration will give developers an extension until March 9 to remove the permissions or receive approval for their use case.
Google's move is meant to eliminate those cases where apps asking for SMS and Call Log permissions would enable experiences that would not require this level of access. The new policy will certainly restrict developer access to SMS and Call Log permissions and further improve users' control over their data.