Apps that collect crash information will also be subject to this policy, and will be limited in how much information they can transmit without user approval. In the case of apps that are made available through other software repositories, Google says that the warning will be added to an app's website instead. "As part of this expanded enforcement, Google Safe Browsing will show warnings on apps and on websites leading to apps that collect a user's personal data without their consent".
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Recent research by Yale University's Privacy Lab and Exodus Privacy showed that three quarters of Android apps contain trackers that collect user data for targeted advertising, to glean their locations, and to analyse behaviour. This way, users can be protected even when they browse to websites that provide app installation.
"These data collection requirements apply to all functions of the app".
The section covers requirements for how an in-app data-usage disclosure must be displayed and how the app needs to request user consent. To gain consent, the user will need to tap to accept or tick a check-box.
The Safe Browsing team is giving developers 60 days to update their apps towards this direction. This will help to crack down on malicious apps, including those from third-party sources that would previously go unnoticed by the Safe Browsing service.