Security mystery of Android apps and Google Play Store revealed

Jul 29, 2021
Google Android, Mobile Computing

Google is lifting the veil of mystery surrounding the Play Store’s upcoming safety section. And we can’t be more grateful. They have detailed that Android apps in the Google Play Store will have to share their privacy and security policies in an effort to create more transparency. Furthermore, they have also imposed strict deadlines for when these changes must reflect.

Once implemented, Android users can visit the security section in any app’s Google Play listing, and you will see the security and privacy policies that govern your data. You will be able to clearly see if the app encrypts data, what type of information the app collects, and more impressively, whether or not the security has been tested against worldwide standards.

There will also be a summary feature that you can tap for more details. This will show you what type of data has been collected and how it’s being used. This is one way Google gives developers a chance to explain why they’re asking for your information.

The Security Mystery of Android Apps and the Google Play Store Revealed

Another inclusion in the new safety section is that all Play Store apps will require a privacy policy. Whereas in the past, only apps that collected sensitive data were required to have such a policy.

Google has announced that Android developers can start sharing security and privacy policies to the security section from October 2021. We will only be seeing the new area in the Play Store in the first quarter of 2022. And from April 2022, the app developers will have to declare this information.

This is definitely a push in the right direction. The goal has been that the new safety area should help users make informed decisions on the apps they decide to use. The security and privacy policies should be transparent, and users should know what data is being used and why.

This section will also make it possible to use only apps that respect your privacy and security, which hopefully results in developers working harder to ensure their apps achieve this. Apps that don’t encrypt your data or share it a little too freely open you up to malicious attacks. We hope this will create a baseline level of trust that wasn’t always present in Android apps.

Closing Words

We look forward to seeing the new security section once it is released in 2022. In this age where privacy and security online are critical, we are glad to see Google and Android developers working towards providing more transparent security features and policies.

Security Mystery of Android Apps and Google Play Store Revealed
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  1. TREE said on August 1, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Can we really trust Gurgle to tell us the truth about who they give our secrets to? They became evil.

  2. Paul(us) said on July 30, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Nice to see/read now for a few articles already that has a new article writer who has the capability to wright, smooth reading interesting technological articles.

    And yes its nice to read that security is buffed up but is it enough! I don’t think so but its a ferry late

  3. Peterc said on July 30, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Welcome, Shaun! (You’re brand new at Ghacks, right?)

    1. Shaun C said on July 30, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you!!!! Yes, I am :)

  4. ilev said on July 29, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    So, copycatting Apple is a great move ?

    1. Claymore said on July 30, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      As long as Apple copcats, it’s OK and an innovation? Don’t start this discussion, I bet you’ll regret it :).
      And yes: Privacy wise, it’s a great step. Jesus Christ, those Apple fanboys everywhere…

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