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Is scrutiny the cost of security? Tech giant Google increases regulation on app developers
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Is scrutiny the cost of security? Tech giant Google increases regulation on app developers

Shounak Banerjee
by Shounak Banerjee
21st August
Is scrutiny the cost of security? Tech giant Google increases regulation on app developers

In a bid to increase security for users, Google has now made life a bit more complicated for app developers with its latest regulatory policy. Google’s latest policy dictates that all apps will have to undergo a scrutiny check by the company before hosting it on the Play Store. The moment a user attempts to host his app on the Play Store, the message “To help better protect our users, we’ll take more time to thoroughly review your app” will be displayed on his screen.

This latest development has come in light of malicious apps weaving its way into the Play Store scamming users of the Play Store. This latest regulatory policy was further confirmed by way of a blog post from an app developer, who was greeted with the latest message from Google.

An issue for the developers is that there is no fixed time period within which the app will be approved by Google. The policy only sets a minimum bar of three days without mentioning the maximum time frame it will take to decide on its approval. In lieu of this uncertainty, the launch date of various apps will also be affected since there is no fixed date of approval given by Google.

The decision afforded by Google is final and irrevocable and the app developers have no recourse to remedies if they are unhappy with the review. This app approval process is separate from the “closed-alpha review” which the app has to go through before takes getting the final approval from Google.

The good news for Play Store users is that downloading apps should potentially be a lot safer as a majority of malicious apps would have been filtered out by Google. With Google ensuring enhanced security for its users, do you think that Google is pushing the cause for data privacy? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.  



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