Google asks developers to create privacy policies for their apps

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Over the past several weeks, app developers have been criticized for not explicitly stating what information they collect and what it does with said data. Path and Twitter are just two applications that were updated to inform users their address books would be uploaded to servers. This situation has gotten the attention of many individuals, and Google is suggesting Android developers create privacy policies that will be accessible to users before downloading apps.

Developers aren’t required to provide a privacy policy if they don’t want to. Those who do will see the effects take place within Google Play “in the coming months.”

Some app developers have become more upfront with the information they collect in recent weeks. Descriptions for certain Android apps have been updated to either explain permissions or to indicate to users their information is or isn’t being stored. We’d imagine many developers will create privacy policies just to protect themselves.

Via [Google Play for Developers]


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