In our pervious updates, we reported on Google's ongoing efforts to strengthen its security features, such as Google's limitations on changing Chrome settings, Google adding new “Unwanted Software Cleanup” features in Chrome and Google Chrome Will Automatically Prevent Webpages from Redirects.
This month, Google announced that their Safe Browsing team has expended enforcement of Google’s Unwanted Software Policy to Android devices. Consequently, Google Safe Browsing tool will warn mobile users on apps and on websites leading to apps that collect a user’s personal data without their consent.
These requirements, under the Unwanted Software Policy, apply to apps distributed through Google Play as well as through other Android app stores and may result in warnings shown on user devices via Google Play Protect or on webpages that lead to these apps. We would be happy to provide web and app developers further advice and recommendations concerning the required steps, to ensure compliance of their Apps with Google’s Unwanted Software Policy.