Posted by Krish Vitaldevara, Director of Product Administration Belief & Security, Google Play

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On the subject of privateness, we’re dedicated to giving customers management and transparency over knowledge entry. Customers constantly inform us that they need extra management over their location knowledge, so earlier this yr we introduced a couple of privateness enhancements, comparable to updates to Google Play’s Location Permissions coverage and enhancements to location permission controls in Android 11.

To assist forestall pointless entry to background location, the up to date coverage permits entry provided that it’s vital to the app’s core performance and offers clear consumer profit. We discovered that many apps that requested background location don’t really want it. Eradicating or altering it to foreground may also help apps be battery-efficient and keep away from poor app rankings when customers don’t wish to share their location.

In case your app makes use of background location knowledge, it’s essential to submit a type for overview and obtain approval by January 18, 2021 so your apps can keep on Google Play. Current apps first printed earlier than April 16, 2020 have till March 29, 2021 to conform.

Tricks to get authorised

  • In case your app has a number of options that use background location, select the one that gives essentially the most consumer profit. Describe intimately why background (and never foreground) location is required and the way it’s used. Study extra
  • It’s essential to embrace a brief video that reveals how customers will encounter your distinguished disclosure, location-based function and allow it in-app. In case your video doesn’t present this or we will’t entry the hyperlink, your request received’t be authorised. We suggest that you just add it to YouTube or Google Drive.
  • Keep in mind to incorporate a distinguished in-app disclosure to elucidate to customers what knowledge is used and the way. Study extra
  • Guarantee your privateness coverage is clearly labeled and contains particulars on location knowledge utilization. Study extra

Sources to assist

We wish to aid you by this course of, so we’ve created this video and free coaching programs in Google Play Academy to make use of as a reference while you’re making any needed app updates. You too can take a look at these greatest privateness practices and technical particulars to assist determine attainable background location utilization in your code.

Thanks for persevering with to accomplice with us to make Google Play a reliable platform for you and your customers.

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