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Will it clean the Google Playstore? Google’s new policy to curb apps that gain unapproved access to SMS, call logs etc

Google has started a new policy in which it is going to curb unauthorised apps to affect your device. There are many apps which act as malware and adware once downloaded. In their description before they are downloaded, they persuade users by talking about the quality and usefulness of such apps. However, once downloaded they do not perform the same tasks as they are apps disguised as malwares which had tricked users into downloading them.

Paul Bankhead, the director, product management of Google Play said, “Our new policy is designed to ensure that apps asking for these permissions need full and ongoing access to the sensitive data in order to accomplish the app’s primary use case and that users will understand why this data would be required for the app to function.” The new developer policy has come into effect which means that app developers who haven’t submitted the Permissions Declaration Form and a valid statement of purpose to access user details will not be downloadable.

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Google has declared its new review policy, which apps have to conform to in order to get permission to get into Play Store. In this new policy, users would likely will be informed about why apps need access to their data. There will be importance of the permission based on the core functionality of the app. Also, there would be a user benefit feature and small alternatives enabling the features.

For users who do not recognise a malware, they become an easy target for cybercriminals. Thus, this new policy would be very useful in making them aware of such threats and tackle them back. 2019 in that sense has become a good start for Google. In terms of genius engineers and enhancement of ML and AI, it seems that it is going to gain an upper hand over cybercriminals and fraudulent apps are going to decline on the Google Playstore.

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