You have to include this information if your app collects sensitive or personal data from users. Google places stricter regulations for apps with a mixed audience and those with a children’s audience. You should not include this information in other disclosures, such as auto-dismissing messages, or mix it with other disclosures. Google considers these actions to be “unobvious.”
Places to display it
As per Google Developer Policies, developers must provide links to their privacy policies to their users. Google allows developers to place these policies in different places, including the app’s settings page. For example, Snapchat puts the link in its settings page. In addition to that, developers should provide links to their privacy policies in the app’s description page. In this way, users can read the privacy policies of different apps and choose which ones they prefer.
Minimum requirements for compliance
In addition to these regulations, the new Google Play console requires developers to disclose what data they collect and use. This is especially true for sensitive user data. This includes financial information, phonebook and contact information, device location, SMS and call-related data, microphone, and inventory of other apps. Apps must disclose all of this information to comply with these standards. While Apple’s data safety labels only list the data apps collect and use, Google wants developers to explain why and how they use the data. In addition, developers must explain whether they can delete or remove the data that they collect. If the developer is not transparent, Google will take appropriate action.
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