Google rolls out ‘Data Safety’ form for apps on Google Play

Google today announced that it has rolled out the form for the data safety section, which it pre-announced in May and shared details of in July.The company suggests app developers to review the guidance and submit their form early so that they can get review feedback and make changes before rejected forms prevent them from publishing new app updates.

The data safety section will allow Android users to see details like what type of data is collected and shared, how the data is used, and whether data collection is optional or required for using an app, without downloading the app. 

The new data safety section will be live in February 2022. The enforcement on apps without approved forms will start in April 2022. Google also states that all apps must provide a privacy policy by April. 

Previously, only apps that collected personal and sensitive user data needed to share a privacy policy. “Without an approved section or privacy policy, your new app submissions or app updates may be rejected.” Google said. 

Also Read: 59% of apps delisted from App Store didn’t have a privacy policy

“We understand that completing the form may require a meaningful amount of work, so we built the product and timeline based on developer feedback to make this process as streamlined as possible. Also, developers have asked for a way to more easily import information when they have multiple apps. Therefore, we’ve added an option for developers to import a pre-populated file.” the company said in a statement

Starting today, developers can submit the form by going to App content in their Play Console and look for a new section called “Data safety.”  

Written by Jordan Bevan


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