New Google guidelines prevent apps from collecting unnecessary data

New Google guidelines prevent apps from collecting unnecessary data
Seeking to provide more protection to Android users, Google is preventing apps from collecting unnecessary data that isn't required for the app to work. Apps that save and disseminate such personal data that doesn't need to be collected must explain to the user how the data is going to be used. In addition, the user must give permission to the developer to collect the information.

Even apps installed from outside the Google Play Store have to follow Google's new requirements, or else a warning will pop up to remind users that an app is trying to collect data from them without permission. Developers have 60 days to make the requested changes, or else their apps will appear with a warning..

Just the other day, we told you that Google is banning all apps that end up placing ads on your lockscreen. Apps whose main raison d'être is to provide an alternative lockscreen for your handset ARE allowed to show ads.


With these new guidelines, Google is tightening up the flow of personal data in the Play Store to help prevent identity theft.

source: Google

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9 Comments

1. mike2959

Posts: 694; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Headline should read, “Android getting closer to IOS, and IOS getting closer to Google.

2. tangbunna

Posts: 474; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

no worry. be happy.

3. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I really wish the latter weren't the case in all honesty. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for extra functionality and features in software, but modern iOS is "doing too much" at the moment. Why am I wishing they'd tone it down? Bugs. Lots and lots of bugs! I've never seen a worst update than iOS 11. Battery life is meh, performance is inconsistent, and RAM management is god awful. Seriously, fuck iOS 11. You know what I want from iOS 12? Go back to the basics. Change the framework every so slightly, but fix the crappy nonsense you've added these past few years. I'm speaking for the majority of iPhone users when I say this: I don't want the crappy emoji shit and constant widget/lockscreen changes! I don't want crappy stickers! I want the stable, ready on arrival iOS back! Stop trying to BE Google/Samsung already! If I wanted their software... I'd buy their phones. Steve would never have let it get this awful and bloated with knockoff add-ons if he were still around. Tl;dr- Just give me a themes store alongside stable software and I'm a happy camper. Otherwise I'll bail.

5. xfire99

Posts: 1205; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

Dude, you are on wrong article, this is about Android and not iOS! What the heck do Android have to do anything with you beloved iOS? Complained about others always brought up Android in iOS articles and now you doin gsame s**t. Hypocrite!

6. Xilam unregistered

Kiko, I agree. I hate what Timmi Cookie is doing to iOS, i loved iOS because it wasn’t like android! I can attest that most iOS users don’t care for these gimmicky add-ons. I’ve never used stickers, I’ve never used confetti, I do not use emojis, nor would I use Animoji. I don’t know anyone who find “live photos” useful! I have two widgets on my notifications screen - and I barely use them - and can easily live without it - I want one widget - show me my bank statement info (after the phone is unlocked) but due to security concerns no bank will allow that! Bottom line mostly everything that android faithful are proud of on their android devices - I’d rather not have - makes the os feel like windows ME/XP/w-e. Anything I ever wanted that iOS native apps didn’t have - there are plenty of options in the App Store - like file manager - I’m using the remote file manager for years and years now - it’s better than any android or iOS has. It’s wireless, has remote data access. It handles my backups, and ability to store, share and access files whether supported or not. Same goes for many other features. The poster above is right. While android is catching up with iOS for under the hood improvements - iOS is adding bunch eye candy BS that “android had for years” or whatever.

4. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I do think Play Store was recently a victim of a severe hack/malware attack & Google is trying to cover it up by enforcing new guidelines!

7. yann

Posts: 612; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Just check permissions of most of the apps. Most of them want access to you identity, phone, files etc. But most of the users don't care and give them access. Mistake? Who let them use that access in first place? Google! They waned so badly to have more and more apps then App store and let developers make what they want. If Google really want to stop that, they must change they policy entirely. To give developers time line - from July 2018 all apps should prove access to ... Blablalbla. But they won't. Why? Cause Google itself is doing the same - check the stupid YouTube player. He needs permission to all your files, identity, etc. And it is just a stupid player! If you disable all spy stuff on your android device in the beginning, you'll be unable to use it. You must agree ..

9. mikehunta727 unregistered

Yeah I have my app permissions fine tuned and uninstall apps that I never really use on daily basis or weekly

8. Malaperdas

Posts: 44; Member since: Apr 15, 2013

Who is going to protect us from Google itself? It seems to me that they only want people's personal information themselves. If everyone has it then it's of no (or at least less) value.

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