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Google is rolling out app privacy labels to the Play Store

New Delhi, April 26 (IANS): Google announced on Tuesday that it is rolling out a new data security section in the Play Store, where developers will be required to give people more information about how apps collect, share and secure user data.

App developers have until July 20 to add the information to their listings.

“As app developers update their features or change their data handling practices, they will post the latest in the Data Security section of apps,” the company said in a blog post. .

Users will start seeing the Data Security section in Google Play from Wednesday.

The new initiative on Google Play Store follows the launch of a similar feature on Apple’s App Store in late 2020.

“We have designed the Data Security section to allow developers to clearly mark what data is collected and for what purpose it is used. Users can also see if the application needs this data to function or if this data collection is optional,” Google said.

Google said it has also worked hard to give users control over installed apps through simple permission features.

“The taxonomy and framework of the Data Security section on Google Play may differ significantly from those used in other app stores,” the company said.

The initiative aims to “help people understand what data an app collects or shares, whether that data is secure, and additional details that impact privacy and security.”