Google has officially released the new safety section on Google Play. In this post, we’ll look at the latest changes and what this means for app developers and their users.
Under Google Play’s current requirements, App developers are required to inform users about the types of data they collect and whether they share this data with third parties.
The Data safety section is now available on Google Play for all users, starting from late April 2022.
According to Google, the purpose behind the new safety section is to ensure greater transparency and to make the Google Play Store safer for users.
In addition to the previous requirements, users can see the new summary on the app’s store listing page. In this section developers can share and highlight safety details, such as:
The new safety section on Google Play displays all relevant information about collecting and processing users’ data. Users can tap into the summary to see details like:
App developers are responsible for the information displayed in their safety section and must comply with it.
Google underlines that: “All developers that have an app published on Google Play must complete the Data safety form, including apps on internal, closed, open, or production testing tracks.“
The Data safety form has been available on the App content since October 2021. Developers can submit information in the Google Play Console for review. Starting from late April 2022, the Data safety section is available on Google Play to all users.
By July 20, 2022 all new apps and app updates will be required to have this section approved. New app submissions and app updates will be rejected in Play Console if the form has unresolved issues.
After the deadline, non-compliance could result in additional enforcement actions, such as the removal of the app’s store listing from Google Play.
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