Sunday, 09 August, 2020


Google Is Cracking Down on App Location Access

Millions of people have downloaded shady Android apps that Google just banned Google removes nearly 600 apps for spam-like ads after they were downloaded 4.5 BILLION times
Melba Vasquez | 26 February, 2020, 12:29

Sideloading Google's apps also carries a high risk of installing an app that has been altered or tampered with in ways that can compromise user security. "In fact, many of these apps could provide the same user experience by only accessing location when the app is visible to the user".

Google will consider questions like, "Does background access have clear value to the user?" and "Is location access important to the primary goal of the app?"

Sideloaded Google apps will not work reliably because we do not allow these services to run on uncertified devices where security may be compromised. So if you were exhausted of providing applications with your locations, here is good news!

The apps now haven't been named but according to Buzzfeed, a senior Google product manager has stated that these apps had over 4.5 billion installations, were targeted towards English speaking audiences and included the majority of developers to be from India, China, Singapore & Hong Kong.

Google is introducing stricter measures to put certain apps who are always in the habits of accessing your location in the background. However, an app used for locating stores would have no reason to track you in the background because it's only useful for it to know your location when you're actively using the app. If you think you may have any apps from this Chinese developer on your phone it's worth considering removing them as soon as possible.

"For instance, an app that sends emergency or safety alerts, such as a crime reporting app like Citizen, would have a strong case".

Hope You Like "Google to warn users to not have to sideload, Gmail, and YouTube on the Smartphone devices" From BollyInfacet. However, it would be harder to justify this for a store locator app, since this would work just as well if it only got location access while the app is in use.

In summation, this is an effective step in sending out a message to malicious app developers out there. Final 12 months, one examine discovered that some apps had been utilizing these SDKs to trace customers, even when customers had opted out of location monitoring.

Although the review process isn't due to officially start until August, Google says that developers can request feedback starting in May to see whether their apps will be able to justify background location tracking.

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