Google: your privacy will be safer

As pointed out by Ars Technica, your list of installed apps, however innocent it may seem, may disclose some of your personal data to the developers, such as dating preferences and political affiliations. Then, starting May 5, 2021, the manufacturers of the various apps will have to provide a very good reason why Google should allow them to access such information.

Apps on Android 11 that currently require permission “QUERY_ALL_PACKAGES” Can view the complete list of apps you have stored on your device. But the American tech giant recently updated its “Developer Program Policies” And now consider such information as”personal and sensitive user data“, Limiting the apps that are allowed to use and/or view them.

Once the change goes into effect in May, apps will only be able to use the permission of their “functionality or primary purpose aimed at users requires broad visibility into the apps installed on the user’s device“. Examples of apps that will be allowed to continue using this permission include file manager, browser, and antivirus requesting data “for awareness or interoperability purposes“.

Banking applications, digital wallet apps, and any other apps that include “financial transaction functionality” Will receive a pass” for security purposes“.

Those that don’t have a justifiable reason for authorization risk being removed from the Google Play Store. All developers wishing to maintain authorization in their apps will need to complete a declaration form justifying its adoption and/or use.

Google could suspend apps and possibly close developer accounts for anyone who doesn’t comply with the new guidelines.