Following the launch of a new “Data Security” section for the Android app on the Play Store, Google seems set to remove the list of app permissions from the mobile app and the web.
The change has been Underline by Mishaal Rahman of Esper earlier this week.
The Data Security section, which Google began rolling out in late April 2022, is the company’s response to Apple’s privacy nutrition labels in iOS, allowing users to have a unified view of data collection and processing practices. data from an application.
To this end, third-party app developers are required to provide the required details by July 20, 2022. With this deadline now approaching next week, the tech giant has decided to remove the permissions section entirely.
The decision also seems hasty, as a number of popular apps such as Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, WhatsApp, Amazon (including Amazon Prime Video), DuckDuckGo, Discord and PhonePe have not yet completed their data security sections. .
It’s not immediately clear what led Google to go ahead with the change, especially since the Data Security section operates on an honor system that requires developers to make full and accurate statements in the list of stores from their app.
The list of app permissions, on the other hand, has been curated by Google based on an analysis of the app during the verification process, providing users with a convenient way to check all the permissions required by each app before installation.
It is suspected that the readability improvements offered by the Data Security section played a part in the change, although the reliability of the new system remains to be seen.