05 April 2014

Google Play Store policy update, no more ads in notifications, no porn, no malware

Play Store policy update: no more ads in notifications and other funny business!: "Starting September 23, the date by which app developers need to update their apps so they comply with the new Google Play policies, we should see fewer apps that push ads in the notification bar, mess with your bookmarks, or otherwise engage in behavior that is detrimental to the user. Newly submitted apps must comply with the new policies starting today."

more info at Google Play: excerpt follows --

  • "Sexually Explicit Material: Apps that contain or promote pornography are prohibited; this includes sexually explicit or erotic content, icons, titles, or descriptions. Google has a zero-tolerance policy against child sexual abuse imagery. If we become aware of content with child sexual abuse imagery, we will report it to the appropriate authorities and delete the Google Accounts of those involved with the distribution......
  • "Dangerous Products: We don't allow content that harms, interferes with the operation of, or accesses in an unauthorized manner, networks, servers, or other infrastructure.
  • "Don't transmit or link to viruses, worms, defects, Trojan horses, malware, or any other items that may introduce security vulnerabilities to or harm user devices, apps, or personal data.
  • "Apps that collect information (such as the user's location or behavior) without the user's knowledge (spyware) are prohibited.
  • "Malicious scripts and password phishing scams are also prohibited on Google Play, as are apps that cause users to unknowingly download or install apps from sources outside of Google Play.
  • "An app downloaded from Google Play may not modify, replace or update its own APK binary code using any method other than Google Play's update mechanism…."
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