Google Adding More Rules To Requiring Apps To Ask Permission To Access Your Location

Posted by at 6:22 pm on February 23, 2020

Google is updating its Play Store policies to restrict the use of location data by Android apps when they’re not actively running in hopes of giving users more control over their privacy.

Right now, any Android app can request permission for such access from the user. Starting in August, apps will only be able to do so with explicit permission from Google, having demonstrated a specific need for access to location data in the background.

In November, Google will remove apps from the Play Store that have not complied with the new policy.  Plus the first Developer Preview of Android 11 includes a new user option to allow apps to access location data on a one-time basis.

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