The new alerts will appear on user devices via Google Play Protect and webpages that lead to the offending apps.
Starting at the end of January, Google will warn you about Android apps that collect personal data without users’ consent. The alerts will pop up on app store and webpages that lead to the offending apps.
Google’s Safe Browsing team is tamping down on “unwanted and harmful” mobile activity on Android, Google said on Friday. That’ll involve more strictly enforcing the company’s unwanted software policy, which already demands that app developers be transparent with users when collecting their personal information.
“Prior to collection and transmission, the app must prominently highlight how the user data will be used and have the user provide affirmative consent for such use,” Google said.
This new policy applies to any data gathering, including when an app is compiling analytics or a crash report to improve the software’s performance. It also applies to apps on Google Play and other third-party stores.