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Google today followed in Apple's footsteps and launched a version of privacy labels for its own apps, with the aim of providing Google Play users with more information about the data that the apps they download are collecting.

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First announced back in May 2021, Google's "Data safety" section will require developers to provide information about how their apps collect, share, and secure user data. Developers will need to offer up the following data:
  • Whether the developer is collecting data and for what purpose.
  • Whether the developer is sharing data with third parties.
  • The app's security practices, like encryption of data in transit and whether users can ask for data to be deleted.
  • Whether a qualifying app has committed to following Google Play's Families Policy to better protect children in the Play store.
  • Whether the developer has validated their security practices against a global security standard (more specifically, the MASVS).
Users will be able to determine whether the app needs the data to function or if the data collection is an optional feature that can be turned off.

Google says that Data safety information will be available starting today, and all developers will be required to complete this section for their apps by July 20.

Article Link: Google Launches Privacy Labels for Google Play Apps
 

falkon-engine

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I don't agree with all of Apple's policies but one thing is true: Apple's competitors tend to copy what Apple does. Removing the headphone jack, removing the charger in the box. This is one good thing that has come from that... privacy labels can be helpful to users.
 
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dannyyankou

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I don't agree with all of Apple's policies but one thing is true: Apple's competitors tend to copy what Apple does. Removing the headphone jack, removing the charger in the box. This is one good thing that has come from that... privacy labels can be helpful to users.
And vice versa. All companies copy each other, and that's a good thing. Competition drives innovation.
 

Sheepish-Lord

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I don't agree with all of Apple's policies but one thing is true: Apple's competitors tend to copy what Apple does. Removing the headphone jack, removing the charger in the box. This is one good thing that has come from that... privacy labels can be helpful to users.
It’s so Apple can take the heat first, which they can withstand, then those same companies realize how much money they make from selling peripherals/accessories because it’s no longer bundled or an option (e.g. headphone jack).
 

Android_IOS_GUY

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I don't agree with all of Apple's policies but one thing is true: Apple's competitors tend to copy what Apple does. Removing the headphone jack, removing the charger in the box. This is one good thing that has come from that... privacy labels can be helpful to users.
Apple copies google too. for example google lens, emoji search, and they are starting to let you rate business on apple maps now. so please calm down.
 

Android_IOS_GUY

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Copycat… but a good move in the right direction. But can we start trusting you Google? Don’t know…
can't trust any company who's goal is to make money. Apple do collect data and they do target ad's. for any company to improve their products some data which is information! needs to be collected. It's so funny how we just overlook things because of "fanboying".
 

maktaba

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I don't agree with all of Apple's policies but one thing is true: Apple's competitors tend to copy what Apple does. Removing the headphone jack, removing the charger in the box. This is one good thing that has come from that... privacy labels can be helpful to users.
The worst thing they copied was the notch.
 

Android_IOS_GUY

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Nothing in the OPs comment suggested that Apple doesn't copy others, just that Google copying this feature is a good thing for all.
this was in reply to a person who commented it. It's an annoying comment because industry benefits from everyone. We might as well complain about car's having brakes and airbags at this point. So should one brand of vehicles have brakes and airbags because it would be copying from others????
 
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gaximus

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this was in reply to a person who commented it. It's an annoying comment because industry benefits from everyone. We might as well complain about car's having brakes and airbags at this point. So should one brand of vehicles have brakes and airbags because it would be copying from others????
I think that's just how industry works, no body cares now about anti-lock brakes, but when the first company created it, everyone was saying "this brand is better" then when another company copies it they say "well 'brand' invented that". It's just a brand loyalty thing. Then time goes by and nobody cares. Its good incentive for a company to create new and innovative thing, they won't keep it for ever, but they will get free publicity for it for a while, even after some other company copies it. No one cares anymore that iPhone was the first glass touch screen with multi touch(I do, that **** is awesome ?)
 
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Android_IOS_GUY

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I think that's just how industry works, no body cares now about anti-lock brakes, but when the first company created it, everyone was saying "this brand is better" then when another company copies it they say "well 'brand' invented that". It's just a brand loyalty thing. Then time goes by and nobody cares. Its good incentive for a company to create new and innovative thing, they won't keep it for ever, but they will get free publicity for it for a while, even after some other company copies it. No one cares anymore that iPhone was the first glass touch screen with multi touch(I do, that **** is awesome ?)
I was a blackberry guy and didn't trust touchscreen phones so no burn there.???
 

gaximus

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google is doing better in the privacy department and people are now noticing. They need better hardware now.
Agreed Google is much better at privacy than most people realize. There are two parts to Google, search and ads (no privacy), and stuff you pay for, Drive and enterprise services(Big companies use these services and require lots of privacy).
 
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