Google begins showing what its new Play Store safety listings will look like

There’s still half a year to go before you start seeing Google Play’s new safety section, which will show you an Android app’s privacy information, in listings within the store. Google announced the upcoming feature that’s similar to the Apple App Store’s nutrition labels back in May. In a new post on the Android Developer blog, though, Google has given us a glimpse of what that section may look like.

Within a listing, you will see a summary from the developer on what kind of data an app collects, so you can make a decision whether to install it or not. You’ll also see safety details the developer chooses to highlight, such as whether an app encrypts your data, whether it’s suitable for children and families and whether it’s been independently validated against a global security standard.

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Further, you can tap the summary to see more details about the type of data an app collects and how it’s used. It can show you whether an app collects location and contact data, personal information such as name and email address, as well as financial information. The section can also tell you whether the app uses your data for its features, for personalization or for other purposes. In addition, it can let you know whether you can opt out of getting your data collected or if giving an app access to your information really is necessary to be able to use it.

Google says the details might still change before the feature goes live, but all developers are required to provide a privacy policy for their apps and must provide accurate information for the safety section. Developers can start declaring privacy information in October and have until April 2022 to do so, but you’ll start seeing the section pop up on Google Play sometime within the first quarter of next year.

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