Google recently announced
that it will add a data security section to its Android app store, Play Store, in February next year to help users better protect their personal data.
The official name of this new data safety section is the Data safety section, which will provide application developers with a more transparent way to show potential users how they collect, share and protect user data before downloading the application.
From February next year, Android users will see this new Data safety section under “About this app” on the Play Store
app page. This section will include content such as whether the application uses data encryption, etc., whether it complies with Google’s family policy, whether it has been independently audited, whether it meets security standards, etc.
According to this new blog from Andriod Developers Blog
, for the data security part to be launched later, Google has prepared to issue a new data security form to application developers in the Play Console, developers can review, fill in and submit related forms in the application content section of the Play Console before February next year.
If the data provided by the developers for their apps are approved, then their app entries in the Play Store will also be automatically updated. However, if the information provided is not approved, the user will see a prompt “no information available” in the entry of the related application. Some users who are more sensitive to personal privacy will therefore choose not to download these applications, thereby reducing the advertising revenue of these applications.
For users who care about their personal privacy, this may become a new criterion for whether to download an application, but in this era of big data, how useful this data security part will be is also a question.