Google Restricts Third-Party App Access To User’s Data

Google is not intending to close the consumer version of Google+ to resolve privacy issues. The company is gradually introducing a change to its development tools that will give users much greater control over the confidentiality permissions of their account data. Just like the permissions of recent versions of Android, you will get one at a time permission requests for different services. For example, you can allow access to Drive, but disable Gmail or Calendar Permissions.

The changes will start reaching new users in October and should apply to existing users in early 2019. While Google did not say much, the crackdown appears to be a reaction to its previous policies leaving third-party applications to analyze Gmail inboxes without further clarification. users. This change should clearly indicate what the applications really want.

Google also uses granularity control to provide better explanations to users. While this does not require detailed descriptions, he hopes that item-by-item authorizations will encourage a clearer dialogue and avoid unpleasant surprises.

Google’s decision comes at a time when many startups are targeting the next 100 million users, where data on consumer behavior and smartphone usage patterns can be a huge advantage for creating better products. “It’s a bold move by Google, if they act seriously, it will affect everyone, big players such as Flipkart and Paytm to the smallest,” said a senior manager of a start-up specializing in technology. the internet, worth a billion dollars. be identified because of the sensitivity of the material.

A senior Paytm executive said that the company “was on the white list of the Play store, we are a UPI (and) application that gives us access to text messages, we never read call logs, and this is not the kind of data we would use/would have needed “” In an article published on October 8th on a blog, Google said that only Android apps that users would choose as “default apps” to make calls or send requests SMS giving access to this data.

According to Google, the goal is to allow access to applications whose main function depends on the permissions sought for specific purposes. This prevents applications from taking unwanted permissions that are not necessary for their operation. For users, this could be the end of granting forced SMS permissions requested by many Indian applications and premature downloads, as in the case of the Khimbo local messaging application, which was removed due to glaring failures of his security system.