Google updates the “Data Security” section of the Play Store by removing the “App Permissions” list.

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To that end, third-party app developers are required to furnish the required details by July 20, 2022. With this deadline now approaching next week, the tech giant has moved to entirely remove the permissions section. The decision also appears to be a hasty one, as a number of popular apps such as Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Amazon (including Amazon Prime Video), DuckDuckGo, Discord, and PhonePe are yet to populate their Data safety sections.

Google seems prepared to delete the app permissions list from both the mobile app and the web after introducing a new “Data safety” section for the Android app on the Play Store. This week, Mishaal Rahman of Esper called attention to the shift. Google’s response to Apple’s Privacy Nutrition Labels in iOS is the Data safety section, which went live in late April 2022 and gives consumers a uniform view of an app’s data gathering and processing policies.

Highlights

  • It’s being suspected that the readability improvements offered by the Data safety section have played a role in the change, although how trustworthy the new system remains to be seen. Found this article interesting? Follow THN on Facebook, Twitter  and LinkedIn to read more exclusive content we post.

  • It’s not immediately clear what led Google to go ahead with the change, especially given that the Data safety section runs on an honor system that requires the developers to make complete and accurate declarations in their app’s store listing. The app permissions list, in contrast, was curated by Google based on a scan of the app during the vetting process, giving users a handy means to check all the permissions required by each app prior to installation.

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