Google replaces the Android app’s permissions list with the new Data Protection feature in the Play Store
For example, we opened the TikTok app and under the Data Security heading it says: “Security starts with understanding how developers collect and share your data. Data privacy and security practices may vary based on your usage, region and age. The developer provided this information and may update it over time.” TikTok’s data security list says the app does not share data with third parties, encrypts data in transit, and you can request to delete data.
The data protection list in the Google Play Store for TikTok
On the other hand, the data security list notes that the app collects location, personal information and 9 other different types of data. If this bothers you, you can decide not to install or uninstall TikTok if you’ve already added the app to your phone.
Android users should trust both app developers and Google
Here’s how Google explains the new data security notice to Android app developers: “You alone are responsible for making complete and accurate statements in your app’s store listing on Google Play. Google Play reviews apps across all policy requirements; however, we cannot make decisions on behalf of developers about how they handle user data. Only you have all the information needed to complete the Data Security form. When Google finds a discrepancy between your app behavior and your report, we can take appropriate action, including enforcement measures.”
The question then becomes not only whether you can trust the developer of an app to pass all the personal and private data that an app collects to Google, but you also have to ask yourself whether you believe that Google can handle the new list of data security well. to check. Considering that we always write about some form of Android malware that somehow made it through Google’s scan, that’s a good question to ask.
The bottom line is that whether you install Android or iOS apps, you do have a way of seeing how much of your personal data is exposed. Can we trust these lists because they come from the app developers themselves? With Google replacing app permissions with data protection lists, iOS and Android users have no alternative.