"Additionally, if an app collects and transmits personal data unrelated to the functionality of the app then, prior to collection and transmission, the app must prominently highlight how the user data will be used and have the user provide affirmative consent for such use", the company added.
The company has updated its Unwanted Software Policy page and the guidance page on how app developers should handle user data. All that users will see is a warning, and one that doesn't quite stop them from using the app in the first place. Notably, these new guidelines will prevent apps from collecting user data which is not necessary. For instance, if an application requires sending analytics, it can't transmit information unrelated to the app unless it discloses the reason and gets permission from the user.
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According to the new policy, any apps handling users' personal information like email addresses or phone numbers, or device data will have to prompt users before doing so. The apps will be considered to violate Google's policy if they don't follow the rules for prominent disclosure.
New and existing applications will have 60 days to conform to these new rules, or developers risk their app displaying the new message asking for consent. This will help to crack down on malicious apps, including those from third-party sources that would previously go unnoticed by the Safe Browsing service.