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Google will make Android apps tell users about data collection



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  • Google creates a new safety section in its Play mobile app store.
  • Google will make Android apps tell users about data collection in transparency push.
  • The company makes two-factor authentication mandatory.

Google creates a new safety section in its Play mobile app store that will let Android smartphone users see what data developers collect about them and share, plus give access to additional privacy and security information.

Android app builders have till the second quarter of 2022 to declare this data, the Alphabet Inc. unit mentioned Thursday in a weblog submit. Customers will start seeing the protection part in Google Play someday within the first three months of 2022.

Google, which itself is dependent on advertising revenue, has taken a more measured approach. The internet search giant is discussing how it can limit data collection and cross-app tracking on the Android operating system in a way that is less stringent than Apple’s solution

Google make two-factor authentication mandatory

In order to commemorate this year’s World Password Day, Google has also announced that it will soon start requiring two-factor authentication (2FA) for user accounts.

According to a new blog post from the search giant, passwords are the single biggest threat to your online security as they are easy to steal, hard to remember and manage them can be tedious.

While many users try to come up with long and complicated passwords, this can also put their security at risk as they are more likely to reuse the same password across multiple online accounts. If one account is compromised, all of their accounts are then vulnerable.

The Google Play safety section will also tell users if an app encrypts data, is it follows Google’s policies for families and children, whether users have a choice in sharing information, and whether users can request data deletion if they uninstall an app.

Google is also building advanced security technologies into devices to make its multi-factor authentication seamless and even more secure than a password. For instance, the company has built security keys directly into Android devices and brought its Google Smart Lock app to iOS to allow users to use their phones as a secondary form of authentication.

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