Google is taking some pages out of Apple books and is adding its own version of iOS Privacy Nutrition Labels so that users are able to better identify data access permission that apps ask for. The company hasn’t released an immediate format yet, but developers will have to comply by early 2022. Android developers will be required to label what type of data is collected and stored and how that data is used.
“If we find that a developer has misrepresented the data they’ve provided and is in violation of the policy, we will require the developer to fix it,” Google said in the Android Developers blog announcing the change. “Apps that don’t become compliant will be subject to policy enforcement.”
Google has also listed the criteria upon how the labels shall be like –
- The app has security practices, like data encryption
- The app follows our Families policy
- The app needs this data to function or if users have a choice in sharing it
- The app’s safety section is verified by an independent third-party
- The app enables users to request data deletion if they decide to uninstall
The new privacy labels on operating systems are much needed since exploiting privacy of users is how the internet makes money as of now. This will surely change the way we generate revenue but for the long run, it will define a good path for other media outlets to follow.