Google Play’s app descriptions have a new Data Safety section now. We explain why this isn’t such great news.
Starting July 20, all developers who publish Android apps in the Google Play store must detail what data they collect and how they use it. However, this undeniably positive innovation has been rather overshadowed by the forces of “optimization”: now, before installing an app, you have no way of knowing what data sources it’s tapping. We give a brief overview of what’s changed and explain how to assess the risks to your privacy going forward.