Personal data is wider than most businesses think. It is far broader than information such as a person’s name, address or payment details and can include information such as a list of the apps they have installed on their phone, their phone contact list and access to their microphone and camera.
Act now to ensure that your app does not fall foul.
The Play Store’s new policy is as follows:
“If your app handles personal or sensitive user data (including personally identifiable information, financial and payment information, authentication information, phonebook or contact data, microphone and camera sensor data, and sensitive device data) then your app must:
- Handle the user data securely, including transmitting it using modern cryptography (for example, over HTTPS).
Prominent Disclosure Requirement
If your app collects and transmits personal or sensitive user data unrelated to functionality described prominently in the app’s listing on Google Play or in the app interface, then prior to the collection and transmission, it must prominently highlight how the user data will be used and have the user provide affirmative consent for such use.
Google Play Store Privacy Requirements (extract)”
For more detail on Google Play’s policy and advice on data protection compliance contact INFO.