In its ongoing effort to protect Android users from malicious mobile activities, Google plans to begin showing warnings when apps or Web sites collect personal data without their consent. The move expands on the app security measures Google added with its release of Android Oreo in August.
Announced last Friday, Dec. 1, the latest Android protections will begin showing warnings to users starting in February. Android app developers will need to abide by Google’s remediation and resolution guidance to prevent such warnings from showing up on their software.
As part of its Android 8.1 update, set for release tomorrow, Google also plans to roll out a new “software experience” called Android Oreo (Go edition). The lightweight version of Google’s mobile operating system is aimed at the “next billion” smartphone users around the world with entry-level, low-memory devices.
Safeguards Apply to All Apps and Functions
Before such unrelated personal data can be collected or used, “the app must prominently highlight how the user data will be used and have the user provide affirmative consent for such use,” Stanton wrote in a Google Security blog post on Friday.
“These data collection requirements apply to all functions of the app,” he added. “For example, during analytics and crash reportings, the list of installed packages unrelated to the app may not be transmitted from the device without prominent disclosure and affirmative consent.”
The requirements apply to all Android apps, whether they’re accessed via…