Caution: Google’s new policy will affect these apps, do you also use this app?

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Google has reportedly updated the Play Store policy for developers. The new Play Store policies specifically target misinformation, false identities and in-app ads. After the introduction of this policy, many malicious apps will be affected. In its new policy to deal with various flaws, Google has also focused on improving the app experience and security of users.

Google is gearing up to crack down on the developers of those apps on its Play Store, which harass or harm users in some way or the other. According to Gadgets Now, the company will issue a new policy for its Android operating system’s store that directly targets copycat apps. This means that now unauthorized apps will not be able to use the national emblem and logo of government organizations.

Furthermore, the report says that unapproved developers will also not be allowed to use company logos or pictures of any artist or TV show. Often apps use their pictures to prove themselves to be associated with these people or institutions. This policy will be implemented from 31 August.

Regarding this policy, Google says, “We do not allow apps that mislead users by impersonating someone else (for example, another developer, company, entity) or another app.”

Furthermore, the report says that Google may ban apps that provide information contrary to professional health advice. So, Apps

Another policy, effective September 30, targets full-screen in-app ads. Powici will ask developers to make full-screen ads stopable after 15 seconds. However, opt-in ads, which are ads you view to earn rewards, may exceed the 15-second time limit.

Google will block apps from using Android’s in-built VPN service to collect user data and ad fraud, and the new policy may also affect DuckDuckGo’s “App Tracking Protection” feature.

The new policy aims to make it easier for users to cancel subscriptions from within the app, effective September 30, 2022. Eventually, all valid monitoring apps will be required to have an ‘IsMonitoringTool’ flag by November 1, 2022, and also disclose the functionality in the Play Store.