Google has taken another step toward introducing its new data privacy section for Play Store applications. App developers may now enter the necessary information into Google’s new “Data safety form” on the Play Console. According to the firm, the required information will be accessible to consumers beginning in February 2022 and will be essential for developers to provide by April of that year.
This new feature was introduced in May, after Apple began displaying similar privacy and data warnings for applications in the App Store in December of last year. The data section is intended to provide customers with a fast and easy summary of what applications are doing with their data. Developers are urged to inform consumers about the following:
- What kind of information their app gathers, such as “location, contacts, personal information (e.g., name, email address), financial information, and more”
- Whether this data is optional or required to use the app
- Whether the app encrypts data in transit or not
- If the app has been independently evaluated for “compliance with a worldwide security standard”
Developers may now submit this information through the Google Play Console, and Google has provided developers with instructions to assist them manage this new requirement. “Following our standard protocols, we’ll begin a gradual rollout today and plan to increase access to everyone within a few weeks,” Google stated in a blog post.