Google announces its own nutrition labels for Apps. This is the new policy of Google Play Store that tells users what information is collected, stored and where it is used as part of the next “security section” of Google Play. For Google Nutrition Labels for apps, Google will soon ask developers to disclose the data collection and storage, which they have to comply by Q2 2022.
Late last year, a similar policy is released by Apple i.e Apple’s nutrition labels for apps that prioritize user privacy. In Apple’s nutrition labels, the policy falls into three categories: Data Used to Track people, Data Linked to people, and Data Not Linked to people.
On Thursday, Suzanne Frey, VP, Product, Android Security and Privacy said in a blog post, “Developers agree that people should have transparency and control over their data. And they want simple ways to communicate app safety that are easy to understand and help users to make informed choices about how their data is handled. Developers also want to give additional context to explain data use and how safety practices could affect the app experience.”
Starting Q2 2022, submissions of new apps and updates will follow the below information:
The new security section also tells users “security practices, like data encryption”; follows Google’s Families policy; truly “needs this data to function or if users have a choice in sharing it”; if its “safety section is verified by an independent third-party” and if it “enables users to request data deletion if they decide to uninstall,” explained by blog.
Soon after the implementation of this policy, developers will have to share the information to users that what kind of data is collected and saved. The exact or not, location, contacts, private info, photographs and movies, audio information, and other stored information. Also, tells how this information is going to be used in the future.