According to security company Sophos, developers have been receiving emails warning them that their apps need to comply by March 15 this year, or will face administrative consequences, which would be pretty disastrous for any affected apps.
The issue is a simple one to rectify, however, as all developers need to do is suitably inform users of what personal data is being collected and how that is used. As part of that requirement, making that information easy to find is also a part of the deal, which means providing links to these privacy policies within the app and on the Play Store listing. All transmitted data must also be sent encrypted over a secure (HTTPS) connection.
While it’s potentially irksome for developers, it’s a requirement that they’ve not been complying with, rather than a new burden – and given how much data can be collected by apps, one that’s owed to users too.
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