Google is making major changes to its operating system, specifically at the level of privacy. With the arrival of this new update, developers will no longer be able to obtain information about other applications installed on devices with Android 11 or higher.
Until now, developers had “broad visibility” of other apps. However, Google has concluded that these are very valuable and confidential. Therefore, they do not need to be stored in Android apps.
Android will no longer grant developers access to sensitive user information
As we know, when we install an application we grant certain permissions to the developer companies. Not only for them to access our personal information, but also other software installed on our computers.
Although this information served to improve the functionality of certain services, it was also sold to data analysis companies. Indeed, Google has decided to modify this policy as “high risk”.
This Android device privacy update does not affect absolutely all applications. Antivirus, administrators and web browsers will continue to be able to access this list, however, they must justify it.
Android’s new privacy policies don’t apply to everyone
Some apps are exempt from the new Android privacy policies. Among them web browsers, administrators and antivirus. However, they must justify their operation. Otherwise, they can be sanctioned and even suspended from the Play Store.
On the other hand, VentureBeat comments that Android could also receive changes at the AdID level by “moving ad delivery and reporting to the Android operating system. This approach would build on the work of the Chrome Privacy Sandbox team. ” In effect, “the intermediation between the developer, publisher and the consumer” is eliminated. That means Google could allow independent ad technology. Although, it is unknown how it will actually impact the consumer.
As you may have noticed, the new Android policies focus on the access that certain applications have to our data. Are you satisfied with them?
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