The Google Play Store inaugurates a new section on data security

Google has started rolling out its new data security section for Android users on the Play Store. This new section will require app developers to inform users about how they collect data, who has access to that data, and what data is collected.

Users will also be able to find out whether the developer has assessed its security practices against a global security standard, whether the app is committed to Google Play’s privacy policy, and more detailed information about security practices. application security, for example whether users can request the deletion of their data.

Google will also require developers to review their data security section when updating their apps’ features or data handling practices.

Monitor the use of your personal data

“For both users and developers, displaying the data collected by an app, without additional context, is not enough. Users want to know for what purpose their data is collected and if the developer shares it with third parties”, justifies Google in a blog post.

“Additionally, users want to understand how developers secure their data when they download an app. That’s why we’ve designed the data security section to make it clear to developers what data is collected and what it’s used for. Users can also see if the application needs this data to function or if this data collection is optional. »

The rollout of this new section has already begun, but the developers have until July 20 to fill it in with the necessary information.

Google better protects your data

Google is also encouraging Android users to go to Settings > Privacy > Privacy Dashboard to better monitor the use of their data. This dashboard makes it possible to manage the authorizations of the applications concerning the use of the location data, the microphone, the camera, but also to know which application has accessed which data, and when.

These new data protection requirements come a month after Google removed a malicious app from its Play Store that had more than 100,000 downloads. Security researchers then reported that the application was able to collect the Facebook IDs of smartphone users.

Last month, Google was also fined 2 million euros by the Paris Commercial Court for acting abusively towards developers with apps on the Play Store.


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