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04 December 2017, 07:24 | Jodi Jackson
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For Personalized alerts, Datally alerts users when apps start consuming a lot of data, and it allows them to see how much data they have used on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. The company says that if app developers refuse to comply, Google will display a warning of its own.
More importantly, this policy will extend to apps that have not been downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Announcing the launch of Datally in Lagos recently, Google Nigeria Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, said the new app, which was specifically designed for data users in emerging markets like Nigeria, would help Android users understand and control their mobile data to get the most out of their data plans.
"These data collection requirements apply to all functions of the app". All that users will see is a warning, and one that doesn't quite stop them from using the app in the first place.
Save up to 30% of mobile data through controlling data usage on an app-by-app. This covers app functions such as crash reports, where a list of installed apps on a device can not be sent without permission.
The changes reflect an update in August to the Personal and Sensitive Information section of Google's Developer Policy Center.
For example, the in-app disclosure must be shown within the app itself and not just the Play Store listing or on a website. Apart from highlighting the consumption, Datally will also suggest you the ways to bring down that consumption based on your usage and activity. Additionally, the app also features a big button at the top of the screen that will cut down all the background consumption of data on your device.
Google notes that two common violations are when an app doesn't treat a user's installed apps as personal or sensitive user data and when an app doesn't treat the user's phone or contact book as personal data.
The warning came in a set of revised Safe Browsing rules and focused on unwanted and harmful mobile behavior posted on Friday. If a developer includes surreptitious data harvesting in an Android app, Safe Browsing will be able to detect it and warn the user.
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