Google has announced a number of changes to its Play Store security policies that will come into effect over the coming year.
Starting in September, a new section will be added to Google’s Enforcement policy that will mean inactive or otherwise abandoned developer accounts will be closed after one year of dormancy.
October will see various policies introduced on different dates.
On 28 October, the User Date policy will be updated to prohibit linking persistent device identifiers to personal and sensitive user data or resettable device identifiers unless for pre-approved use cases.
Fast-forward to 1 April 2022 and Google is adding a new Data privacy and security section to the User Data policy where developers must provide accurate information related to personal or sensitive user data their apps collect, use, or share.
Several other non-security policy updates were also announced by Google this week. This includes restrictions on identifiers in apps that target children, the prohibition of content relating to compensated sexual relationships like “sugar dating”, more complete information required for financial apps, and the ban of spam text and graphics in app titles, icons, and developer names.
You can find all of the upcoming policy changes here.
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