Tag Archive: Policies


Google cracks down on Play Store subscription scams with new policies

Google will force developers to be more transparent with potential subscribers.

What you need to know Google is rolling out a change to how subscriptions operate in the Play Store. Its new policies now encourage developers to give users as much information and control as possible before they commit to subscriptions. The new policies go into effect from today for new developers, while veterans have 60 days to implement the necessary changes.

Google is making changes to  [Read More…]

YouTube expands harassment policies, now bans veiled threats

The new rules are coming into force now

What you need to know Google has announced new changes to tackle harassment and bullying on YouTube more rigorously than it currently does. It now prohibits implied as well as express threats. It will also come down harder on YouTube partners who toe the line repeatedly.

As of December 9, Google is tightening up its rules as regards to harassment. The company has now instituted several policies that ban  [Read More…]

Google updates policies to not store Assistant audio data by default

Google will begin deleting audio data for Voice & Activity users in the future.

What you need to know By default, Google will no longer store any audio data on you from using Assistant. Google only stores audio data on you if you’ve enabled Voice & Audio Activity where humans may listen and transcribe audio clips to improve accuracy. Later this year Google will introduce sensitivity settings for the keywords that activate Assistant and begin deleting audio  [Read More…]

YouTube is un-verifying channels as it updates its verification policies

The policy is also changing the verified checkmark to a dark gray background.

What you need to know YouTube is changing its requirements to become verified on the platform. Previously, channels with 100,000 subscribers were able to get verified with no proof of authenticity. The verified checkmark is also being retired in favor of a dark gray background behind the channel’s name.

Some big changes are coming to how YouTube verifies accounts and how that verification is  [Read More…]

YouTube announces new policies against hate speech and conspiracy theories

The changes go into effect on June 5.

What you need to know YouTube is prohibiting videos that discriminate groups of people. It’s removing content that denies well-documented events. YouTube plans on expanding tools that limit recommendations of misinformative videos.

YouTube often finds itself changing policies in the event of a controversy, and that’s exactly what’s happening once again. Following an ongoing dispute over hate speech, YouTube published a blog post on June 5 titled, “Our ongoing  [Read More…]

Google breathes new life into old Android Wear watches with new Play Store policies

Changes will promote standalone apps for your watch.

Google has announced two major changes for Android Wear apps: Multi-APK apps are now supported for Android Wear 1.0 watches and requirements for the “Enhanced for Android Wear” Play Store badge have changed.

Multi-APK apps are apps hosted in Google Play that have separate files for your phone and your watch. Previously, only Android Wear 2.0 watches supported multi-APK apps, but now users with older watches like the Samsung  [Read More…]

Read the fine print: Terms of service, privacy policies and the power of knowledge

It’s the only way to know what you’re giving away.

When you buy a new phone or install a new app, reading the boring (and often difficult to comprehend) privacy policies and terms of use are the last thing you want to do. But it’s also the most important part of the process.

We were having a discussion about visual voicemail in the Android Central Slack channel recently. With Marshmallow, Google introduced a visual voicemail framework for  [Read More…]

Google employee sues company for ‘illegal’ confidentiality policies that violate labor laws

Google’s motto is ‘don’t be evil.’ Google’s illegal confidentiality agreements and policies fail this test.

A Google product manager has accused the company of violating California labor laws via its restrictive confidentiality policies. According to The Information, the employee filed a suit with the California Superior Court in San Francisco, alleging that Google is running an internal “spying program” that encourages employees to report co-workers suspected of leaking information to the media.

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Google updates its Play Developer Policy Center making it easier to find policies and more

Google has updated its Play Developer Policy Center to make things a bit more transparent for developers. Along with a Material Design-inspired refresh, Google is making it easier for developers to find relevant policies and more. Based on feedback from the community, Google was able to identify pain points for developers, and make some changes that make things easier on them. The company outlines the key changes as:

Thematic organization of policies, so it is easier for  [Read More…]

The 2017 Porsche 911 won’t use Android Auto, reportedly due to data collection policies

If you had plans on putting Android Auto inside the upcoming 2017 Porsche 911, you might want to think again. A new report claims that Porsche has nixed support for Google’s automotive technology system inside the latest model of its classic car, and the car maker is blaming Google’s apparent requirement that it sends data about the vehicle to its headquarters.

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