Installing apps from external sources can lead you to an infection because apps aren't necessarily validated by store approval teams.
Google announced plans to crack down on Android applications that fail to warn users when they are collecting personal data. Apps that handle user or device data will soon have to provide their own privacy policies. The rules stipulate that any form of data collection could trigger a Safe Browsing warning, including activity where the developer is using it to improve an app. Information uploaded as part of application logs or crash reports could result in a flag for the publisher if it contains user details that haven't been disclosed.
The company did not say whether the new policy of privacy violation warnings will apply to its own software as well. Further, if the apps save information that is not necessary they are needed to explain users how the data is going to be used. Additionally, if an app collects and transmits personal data unrelated to the functionality of the app then, prior to collection and transmission, the app must prominently highlight how the user data will be used and have the user provide affirmative consent for such use.
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"These data collection requirements apply to all functions of the app".
Google Play Store offers a myriad of apps, most of which require access to your personal data before being installed on your Android smartphone. To gain consent, the user will need to tap to accept or tick a check-box.
Google just recently listed new rules that ban apps from displaying ads on user's lock screen. Developers have 60 days to implement the requested changes before Google puts the warning button on their apps. This will help to crack down on malicious apps, including those from third-party sources that would previously go unnoticed by the Safe Browsing service.