Google Play Store Now Shows how apps make use of your data which is what a lot of PlayStore users have been hoping to see for a while now. It is quite unusual for the average person’s phone to be filled with apps, a lot of which may have remained unused and probably forgotten about.
Tons of users lose sight of the fact that almost all the apps on the Play Store collect and makes use of data gathered from phones. Even if it’s only seemingly innocuous things like the handset’s model or the number of times the app got launched.
Google Play Store Now Shows How Apps Use Your Data
Most of the time, users are simply unaware that the apps make use of such information right before they install them. That is why Google is now showing privacy-related information directly on an app’s Play Store page, helping the users to make an informed choice concerning if they want to install the app.
This new privacy section was announced by Google in a Blog post, though users are not to be surprised when some apps get listed without the related information. This is mainly because Google has given developers until July 20 to comply with the new requirements. This new section is expected to appear alongside app page sections like “About this App” and “ratings and reviews,” so this might not show up for the users at first glance.
This information’s effectiveness would mostly rely on whether users get to actually navigate to that section and read the details in other to make an informed decision. It also presumes users would be able to understand what was written there, though Google has tried to make the wording as approachable as can be.
New Privacy Control feature
The reason for this new privacy feature is to place users in control of their digital lives, aiding them when it comes to making decisions concerning which apps they would install and which they should entirely ignore. This works hand in hand with privacy and security features like the fine-grained permissions system offered to keep users the same from less conscientious developers that might want to use collected data for their very own profits.
Unfortunately, this system heavily relies on developers being truthful with the information that they put up in that section. There is quite a huge list of things to cover, and some of the developers might not feel like adding some extra effort to ensure that they are honest with their background activities. The burden, then, is being put on developers to aid in keeping users safe.
The company did say that it would review the information provided but Google’s app review process is mostly automated, Unlike the Apple App Store. Given the history of the platform, there’s a chance that some disingenuous information may slip right through the cracks, making the entire system moot.