Google is taking user privacy seriously in its expanded enforcement of its Unwanted Software Policy. The policy is designed to protect against unwanted or harmful Android app behaviors.
This new enforcement will apply to apps within the Google Play store as well as non-Play app markets.
Google will start enforcing this policy over the next couple of months by providing warnings on user devices and webpages. Developers should refer to the Unwanted Software Help Center for guidance, and can request an app review.
“These data collection requirements apply to all functions of the app. For example, during analytics and crash reportings, the list of installed packages unrelated to the app may not be transmitted from the device without prominent disclosure and affirmative consent,” Stanton wrote.