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Google bans over 2 million apps for policy violation from Play Store: Details here

The company has also initiated real-time scanning of code of side-loaded apps. In addition to this, to give users more control over their data, Google has asked developers to give the option to users to initiate account and data deletion from within the app and online.

Written By: Om Gupta New Delhi Updated on: April 30, 2024 19:02 IST
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Google has banned over 2 million apps for policy violation, as per the latest data shared by the company. The company said that it prevented 2.28 million policy-violating apps from being published on its Play Store in 2023. In addition to this, it has also banned 333,000 bad accounts from the Play Store. The reason behind the action is violations such as confirmed malware and repeated severe policy breaches created by criminals and fraud rings.

Almost 200,000 app submissions were rejected or remediated by the tech giant to ensure proper use of sensitive permissions such as background location or SMS access.

"To help safeguard user privacy at scale, we partnered with SDK providers to limit sensitive data access and sharing, enhancing the privacy posture for over 31 SDKs impacting over 790,000 apps," Google wrote in its security-focused blog post.

What else?

In addition, the company said that in order to better protect customers who install apps outside of the Play Store, it made Google Play Protect’s security capabilities more powerful with real-time scanning at the code level to combat novel malicious apps.

"Our security protections and machine learning algorithms learn from each app submitted to Google for review and we look at thousands of signals and compare app behaviour," Google said.

According to the company, this new capability has already detected over 5 million new, malicious off-Play apps, which helps protect Android users globally.

Increase focus on privacy

To give users more control over their personal data, the tech giant further mentioned that apps that enable account creation now need to provide an option to initiate account and data deletion from within the app and online.

Meanwhile, the company is currently developing a new feature to assist users in isolating malicious apps on their smartphones once they are detected. With this feature, similar to antivirus programs on Windows, Android 15 will be capable of 'quarantining' apps. According to a report by Android Authority, the latest Android 15 beta has the ability to allow system apps like Google Play Services or the Play Store to isolate apps and apply restrictions on them. This will effectively quarantine the app, limiting its capabilities and preventing it from taking adverse actions on the user's device.

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Inputs from IANS

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