Android apps can now lie about the data they collect

Android apps often collect all sorts of data about you and your device, such as your name and location, as well as sometimes accessing your photos or messages, among other things. Therefore, it is vital that you understand the degree of access an app will have before downloading it, something that has now become much more difficult to understand.

That’s because Google recently released a new feature called ‘Data Security’, which requires app developers to disclose the data their apps collect, whether the data is being shared with third parties, and the app’s security practices. This sounds like a promising step, and if this were just an addition it would be, but Google is also silently whitelisting apps from store listings.

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