Is Google about to remove a large number of apps from the Play Store?

According to a report published today, Google is about to remove a large number of apps from the Google Play Store. Certain developers around the world have received an email from Google claiming that their apps are violating the tech giant's User Data Policy concerning personal and sensitive information. When an app asks for, or receives personal or device information, the developer is supposed to provide a "valid privacy policy" to consumers.

Developers who received the email have until March 15th to provide a link to a valid privacy policy on their app's Store Listing page and within the app. Or, they can revise the app so that it doesn't include requests for sensitive permissions such as the camera, microphone, contacts, accounts and phone. Permission to receive user data will also have to come down. Those who fail to provide a link might find visibility to their app reduced, or have the app removed from the Play Store by Google.

Some Android developers welcomed the move, saying that will help Google remove junk apps from the Play Store. Assuming that a large number of developers simply allow Google to remove their apps, it will help Android users wade through the smaller number of apps available to find exactly what they are looking for.

As of the end of last year, there were believed to be 2.6 million apps in the Google Play Store. It should be interesting to see what that figure is culled down to once this purge is completed.

source: TNW



1. notfair

Posts: 765; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

They should, there are tons of crap apps that were never downloaded or very old that never got a material rehaul. Good job. Clear the store. Apple should do the same, they have the same problem, but probably apple wants to have the higher number to have something to present at their product launch events.

7. TerrellAmerica unregistered

Do your research... Apple's done something like this twice already

8. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well its not working they need to improve the process.

13. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because you know that......STFU.

16. skyline88

Posts: 700; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

you mean Apple's horrible App Store? #DoesntMatter

2. ebilcake

Posts: 1231; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

This is long overdue.

6. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Very very VERY long overdue.

3. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Agree , long overdue. Get that crap out of there.

4. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1346; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

This is a very good thing. The are so many apps that have been abandoned by their devs or are rarely downloaded. Both app stores could do with a good spring cleaning.

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

As others said apple did it two time... show how much they need to improve the process lol

10. Mube007

Posts: 260; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

very good decision

11. gdawilson

Posts: 299; Member since: Jul 21, 2014

I find it funny when articles have a rhetorical question as the header and then answer their own question, for this example, in the first two sentences - even though they're only posting this from a third party source receiving the email. If this is legit that Google is going to clean up their store, great - I approve! If not, let's keep the fake news away

12. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I've seen this kind of article for years,,, and yet, there's still tons of flashlight app that ask too much permissions on play store :-/ they need to do it ASAP.. they also said they'll remove fake review score, but nothing changes :-/

14. lyndon420

Posts: 6878; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Definitely nothing wrong with cleaning house and doing a good purge of the system.

15. Tabby_Tiger

Posts: 305; Member since: Jan 23, 2017


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