Latest Posts

Stay in Touch With Us

For Advert Placement;

Email

info@plat4om.com

Follow us on social Media

  /  Tech   /  Security   /  Google Play To Remove Stalkerware Apps And ‘Masquerades’
Google Play To Remove Stalkerware Apps And ‘Masquerades’

Google Play To Remove Stalkerware Apps And ‘Masquerades’

In a bid to give internet users back some control over their life and data, Google Play has said that it will remove stalkerware apps and others who hide their real functions.

 

The new Google Play policy will go into effect on 1st October 2020 and its major targets are stalkerware apps. These apps contain a certain code that collects users’ personal information and transmits it to developers.

 

The main issue is that most of these apps execute stalkerware codes without notifying their users properly. They do this by not asking for permission and when they do, they do not keep a notification up to remind users of what is happening.

 

It is some sort of illegal surveillance and tracking that Google Play seeks to put an end to.

Also read:
– Iranian Hackers Create Android Malware To Compromise 2FA Security
– Judge Blocks Commerce Department’s Ban On New WeChat Downloads
– Nikola Electric Truck Founder Resigns Amid SEC Fraud Investigation

Tracking people’s internet activities have become a big industry. This is because it often gives marketers clue into what people may want and thus, target them with ads. But from 1st October 2020, Google is changing this policy. It will unmask these masquerading apps for what they truly are.

 

One of the new changes that Google Play will put in place is to force apps that collect users’ data to let them know that they do this. Also, these apps cannot market themselves as surveillance solutions. Neither can they pass themselves misleadingly off as just functional apps.

 

In addition, apps that collect and track users’ data will need to put up a permanent notification to alert users of what it is doing at all times. Otherwise, Google will kick it off its platform.

 

However, Threat Post says that Google Play will allow apps that parents use to track children activities to operate without following this new rules. But, when it comes to tacking a spouse, Google says the app will need to be granted permission. Or it must have the permanent notification displayed.

 

For your daily dose of tech, lifestyle, and trending content, make sure to follow Plat4om on Twitter @Plat4omLive, on Instagram @Plat4om, on LinkedIn at Plat4om, and on Facebook at Plat4om. You can also email us at info@plat4om.com and join our channel on Telegram at Plat4om. Finally, don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel HERE.

Share:
About The Author

A reader of books and stringer of words. Passionate about Science and Tech. When not writing or reading he is surfing the web and Tweeting.

Post a Comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.