By July 20, Google requires Android app developers to provide data security information

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For example, we opened the TikTok app, and under the Data safety heading it says, “Safety starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your use, region, and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.” TikTok’s Data safety listing says that the app does not share data with third parties, encrypts data in transit, and allows you to request that data be deleted.

All apps that are listed in the Google Play Store have a deadline of July 20th, as noted by Ars Technica. On that date, the data security information provided by each app’s developers will have to be included in all of the app listings on the website. By launching any random app and scrolling down until you see the Data safety heading on the screen, you can find the Data safety feature on the majority of apps listed in the Play Store. The new Data safety feature in the Play Store is taking the place of the Android app’s permissions list on Google’s platform.


  • This data replaces the list of Android operating system permissions that the app requests from the OS. That list is created by Google while the Data safety list is submitted to Google by app developers. Get the difference? The app permissions list is created by Google when it scans the permissions info requested by Play Store apps and thus nothing is left out or not disclosed intentionally by the developer .

  • The Data safety listing in the Google Play Store for TikTok – Google demands Android app developers turn over Data safety info by July 20th. The Data safety listing in the Google Play Store for TikTok. On the other hand, the Data safety listing does note that the app collects Location, Personal info, and 9 other different types of data. If this bothers you, you might decide not to install TikTok or uninstall it if you’ve already added the app to your phone.

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But since the Data safety feature uses data completely submitted by developers, users have to believe that when a developer tells Google that his app doesn’t capture users’ personal and location data, they are telling the truth. And you can’t see whether a developer, vouching for his app, has his fingers crossed behind his back.


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