Google updates the Play Store policy and will close inactive developer accounts
Google believes that when developers actively maintain their applications, Google Play is still a safer ecosystem. In order to prevent various bugs and security issues caused by the application’s disrepair, Google made such policy changes. This new policy will take effect on September 1, 2021.
Developers whose accounts have been closed can re-create new accounts when necessary in the future, but they will not be able to reactivate their old accounts, nor can they restore applications or data.
In addition, in this policy update, Google will also strengthen the privacy protection of users. After the policy is updated, when a user opts out of interest-based advertising or personalized advertising, the user’s advertising ID will be deleted and replaced by a string of 0s. Even if the application obtains the user’s advertising ID through special means, the data obtained will be Invalid. The changes to Google Play will be rolled out in phases, starting at the end of 2021, affecting devices running Android 12, and expanding to all Android devices in early 2022.