Posted by Krish Vitaldevara, Director, Product Administration

We’re at all times trying to make Google Play a safer and extra reliable expertise for builders and customers. At the moment, we’re saying new coverage updates to bolster person management, privateness, and safety.

Giving customers extra transparency into information privateness and safety

We’re sharing our new coverage for the upcoming security part in Google Play alongside further data, like information definitions. Learn more.

Bettering promoting privateness and safety

We’ve lengthy provided customers significant controls with promoting ID, like with the ability to reset their identifier at any time or decide out of permitting the identifier for use for advertisements personalization. We’re persevering with so as to add extra controls this 12 months.

As we pre-announced to builders on June 2, we’re making a technical change as a part of Google Play providers replace in late 2021. When customers decide out of interest-based promoting or advertisements personalization, their advertising ID can be eliminated and changed with a string of zeros. As a reminder, this Google Play providers change can be a phased rollout, affecting apps working on Android 12 units beginning late 2021 and increasing to all apps working on units that help Google Play in early 2022. Additionally, apps updating their goal API stage to Android 12 might want to declare a new Google Play services permission within the manifest file with a view to use promoting ID.

We may also take a look at a brand new characteristic that notifies builders and advert/analytics service suppliers of person opt-out preferences to assist builders implement person selection and add to current coverage restrictions on how promoting ID can be utilized. When a person deletes their promoting ID, builders will obtain a notification to allow them to promptly erase promoting IDs which might be not in use.

As well as, we’re prohibiting linking persistent device identifiers to non-public and delicate person information or resettable gadget identifiers. This coverage provides a further layer of privateness safety when customers reset their gadget identifiers or uninstall apps.

And final, we’re providing a developer preview of app set ID for important use instances resembling analytics or fraud prevention. App set ID is a singular ID that, on a given gadget, means that you can correlate utilization or actions throughout a set of apps owned by your group. You can’t use app set ID for advertisements personalization or advertisements measurement. It’ll additionally routinely reset if all of the builders’ apps on the gadget are uninstalled or not one of the apps have accessed the ID in 13 months.

Enhancing safety for youths

As we introduce app set ID for analytics and fraud prevention, we’re additionally making adjustments to additional improve privateness for youths. If an app is primarily directed to children, it can’t transmit identifiers like promoting ID. If an app’s viewers is each youngsters and adults, then it must keep away from transmitting these identifiers for youths.

Over the following a number of months, we’ll share extra data for a easy transition.

Strengthening safety

Safety is key to enabling privateness throughout our platform. We’re saying a couple of coverage updates to assist hold person information safe.

First, Google Play stays a safer ecosystem when builders actively preserve their apps. So, we’ll shut dormant accounts if the account is inactive or deserted after a 12 months. This contains accounts the place the developer has by no means uploaded an app or accessed Google Play Console in a 12 months.

We are going to proceed supporting builders with actively rising apps. We received’t shut accounts with apps which have 1000+ installs or have in-app purchases within the final 90 days. Builders whose accounts are closed can create new ones sooner or later, however they received’t have the ability to reactivate previous accounts, apps, or information.

Second, it’s essential for customers to have an accessible expertise that’s safe. So, we’re including new necessities on how AccessibilityService API and IsAccessibilityTool can be utilized. These instruments assist construct accessible experiences, which frequently require entry to person information and gadget performance. Now, all apps that use the AccessibilityService API might want to disclose information entry and objective in Google Play Console and get approval. Learn more.

Reminder on Funds coverage

As we shared earlier in July, after cautious consideration of suggestions from each giant and small builders, we’re giving builders an choice to request a 6-month extension till March 31, 2022 to adjust to our Funds coverage.

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Thanks for serving to us make Google Play an much more reliable platform for everybody.

Author: Pronews