You might have noticed that most of the Apps when you download from Play store seeks permission to get access to your call logs and SMS data although this is not part of their core functionality. After a massive security breach at Google Plus, The giant announced a change in Play Store policies to have control over user sensitive user data.
From today, Apps seeking access to user call logs and SMS data needs to be a default, earlier apps compels users to grant access to such data if the user denies apps would restrict the usage.
Google wrote on its official Android Developers Blog,
“Going forward, Google Play will limit which apps are allowed to ask for these permissions. Only an app that has been selected as a user’s default app for making calls or text messages will be able to access call logs and SMS, respectively.”
Google has given developers of apps 90 days to update with new policies, Google stated,
“We’ll be working with our developer partners to give them appropriate time to adjust and update their apps, and will begin enforcement 90 days from this policy update,”
Apps whose core functionality is not calling and messaging, Google want to restrict these apps to get access to users sensitive data. Developers who do not comply with these policies by 6, January 2019 will not be allowed to publish their apps in play store.
However, Google is open to collaborating with such apps which required access to call logs and SMS information as core functionality. Apps like Truecaller, call recording apps and SMS management apps fall in this category.
Paul Bankhead, Director, Product Management, Google Play, said,
“In the coming months, we’ll be rolling out additional controls and policies across our various products and platforms and will continue to work with you, our developers, to help with the transition. The trust of our users is critical and together we’ll continue to build a safe and secure Android ecosystem.”
India, have one of the largest android using users, and apps like Paytm, Mobikwik, Make my trip, Zomato, Amazon etc have to update themselves to new Google play store policies and what impact it will create on Apps usage.