Google Play Store to remove apps that ask for call log, SMS permission
- In a bid to further tighten Android users’ privacy, Google will soon start removing Play Store applications which ask for access to a phone’s SMS and call log information.
- For apps which genuinely need access to call and SMS data, developers are required to submit a ‘permissions declaration form’ to Google.
- Google had notified Android app developers in October last year about this measure and gave them 90 days to fix things up. Now, the given time is over and the company will start removing apps which don’t comply with the new policy.
- In a blog post, the company 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”.
- Very recently, around 85 adware apps were taken down from the Play Store which were disguised as a useful app. Adware apps show annoying unwanted ads to Android users while quietly running in the background.