Google will require apps on Google Play to provide consumers with information on how the individual app collects, use, and share personal data. These changes will provide consumers’ with greater transparency on the data collection and data sharing of the apps they have on their phones and tablets.
Based on the findings in the joint international action, the consumer authorities of 27 countries, all members of ICPEN, called for changes in the app stores of Apple and Google. The Norwegian Consumer Authority is of the opinion that the business model of an app must be clear to consumers, especially were the app relies on a data driven business model which monetize consumer data for targeted advertisements.
First Apple, then Google
For the Norwegian Consumer Authority it is crucial that consumers are provided with adequate information to make informed choices regarding the collection and sharing of personal data before they decide to download or purchase an app.
Last year, Apple made the reported changes to their app store, while dialogue continued with Google.
Now Google too has announced that they will ensure that consumers are given information on how their personal data are gathered and used by apps in their app store, Google Play. The deadline for all new and existing apps to declare information will be towards the end of the first half of 2022.
– It should be up to you as a consumer to decide what personal data you want to share and with whom, says Trond Rønningen, Director General of the Norwegian Consumer Authority.
– With the changes reported by Google and the changes already implemented by Apple, consumers can now chose apps on their phones or tablets based on the data collection and data sharing of the individual app, Rønningen says.
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