Google “twists” to add privacy data on the App Store | Applications and Software

O Google it has been almost two months without updating several applications for iPhone and iPad, including Gmail, YouTube, Maps and Chrome. They received updates before December 8, 2020, the date on which Apple started requiring developers to show the types of data that are collected on the App Store.

App Store warns that Google did not provide privacy details (Image: Reproduction)

O Tecnoblog checked this Tuesday (19) that, of the 63 apps published by Google on the App Store, only 5 have the “nutritional table” of privacy. They are: Google Authenticator, Translator, Play Movies and TV, Smart Lock and Classroom (Classroom).

They collect a variety of user data, as expected. For Google Translate, for example, the app can obtain your location, contact information (email address), user content (photos), search history, identifiers (user and device), usage data, diagnosis and others.

It is worth noting that it is not necessary to update the apps to insert this privacy statement. The latest version of Google Translate for iOS was released in November, as was Classroom.

App Store shows categories of data collected (Image: Reproduction)

App Store shows categories of data collected (Image: Reproduction)

App Store requires privacy information

Every developer needs to go into detail and explain what is done with this data: whether it is for the basic functionality of the app, to personalize the experience, or for analysis and ads.

WhatsApp criticized this requirement, saying it would give an undue advantage to the Messages app, which is not the case – Apple apps also need to detail data collection.

And Facebook scared some users when it updated this section of the App Store, because the list of collected data is huge, basically encompassing all the categories that Apple allows to inform.

Does Google want to avoid a similar reaction? THE Fast Company speculated this a few weeks ago, but the development of the apps could have stopped due to the holiday season.

In addition, the company TechCrunch which, in early January, would update the privacy section of the App Store for its iOS apps.

And on January 12th, we had this announcement:

As Google’s iOS apps are updated with new features or to fix bugs, you’ll see updates on our app pages that include the new Privacy Details. These labels represent the maximum categories of data that can be collected, that is, if you use all the features and services available in the application.

However, it is strange that Google apps constantly updated on the iPhone and iPad still remain in the same version over several weeks. And, as we said before, they didn’t even need to receive an update to inform the privacy statement.

Google apps don’t detail privacy on iOS

We have gathered the apps below without the detailed privacy section on the App Store below; note that some of them have already stopped their development, like Snapseed and Google Play Music.

  • YouTube
  • Google Maps – Traffic & Food
  • Gmail: Email from Google
  • Google Chrome
  • Google
  • Google Drive – Storage
  • Google Photos
  • YouTube Music
  • YouTube Kids
  • Google Keep: notes and lists
  • Google Earth
  • Google Play Books
  • Snapseed
  • Currents
  • Google News
  • Hangouts
  • Google Home
  • Google Play Music
  • Google Device Policy
  • Google Admin
  • Google Docs
  • Google Sheets
  • Google My Business
  • Google presentations
  • Google Analytics
  • YouTube Studio
  • Form Viewer
  • Google Calendar: Get organized
  • Google Primer
  • Chrome Remote Desktop
  • Google Spotlight Stories
  • Google Cloud Console
  • Ivy big number calculator
  • Google Meet
  • Socratic by Google
  • Creative Preview
  • Google Ads
  • Google Arts & Culture
  • Android TV
  • IMA Video Suite Inspector
  • Gboard, the Google Keyboard
  • Google Duo: Video calls
  • Google I / O
  • Expeditions
  • Jamboard
  • Toontastic 3D
  • Google Chat
  • Material Gallery
  • Google Cloud Search
  • Google Assistant
  • MechaHamster
  • Selfissimo!
  • FriendlyPix
  • VR180
  • Google Tasks: Be productive
  • Just a Line – Draw in AR
  • Notable Women AR
  • Google One

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