August 8, 2022

What you need to know

  • The Google Play Store has begun removing the permissions list for apps and is adding a new “Data safety” section.
  • The Data safety section will leave it up to the developer of an app to include as much or as little detail as they choose.
  • This new change will be mandatory for all Google Play Store apps in one week.

Google has done some work on the Play Store that deals with an app’s privacy and security. Google has done away with the detailed list of “permissions” for apps and has replaced it with a new “Data safety” section.

Helping people feel more secure when browsing and downloading apps on the Play Store seems to be at the top of Google’s mind. The company has removed the “permissions” section, replacing it with a new “Data safety” section. Google, per its Google Play support page (opens in new tab), explains this change as being one where “Developers use the data safety section to share information about their app handles your data.” While those using the web version of the store can see the Data safety portion easily, those on mobile will have to expand the “About this app” section and scroll down to find it.