Google to require providers to add information about data use to apps in its app store

In its app store Google Play, Google will require app providers to indicate what personal data each app uses. Google will introduce this requirement this summer. Apple already implemented this requirement in late-2020. Starting in 2022, consumers will be able to see this information when searching for apps in the Google Play app store. They will be able to take the information about data use into consideration when choosing apps. This will act as an incentive for providers to compete on favorable (sic) privacy conditions.

With this change, Google answers the call made by 27 consumer authorities across the world, united in ICPEN (International Consumers Protection and Enforcement Network). The Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM) is also one of its members. ACM, together with the Norwegian and UK consumer authorities, were the driving forces behind this action.

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