Android P is getting iPhone X-style navigation gestures

Android P is getting iPhone X-style navigation gestures

Android P is getting iPhone X-style navigation gestures

Following Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal, tech companies are putting a renewed focus on user privacy. Will Google be able to address the data privacy problem before it further escalates?

A team of university researchers and computer scientists revealed by using an automatic evaluation of the privacy behaviors of Android apps, that of 5,855 apps in the Play Store that is designed for Families program, 28 percent "accessed sensitive data protected by Android permissions" and 73 percent of the applications "transmitted sensitive data over the internet". So in the end, 57% of all the apps studied are actually potentially violating the law. They focused on potential violations of COPPA which does not allow for apps to collect data from children under the age of 13 and then share them for ad-targetting and profiling purposes. 19% of the apps studied shared sensitive information with 3rd party services who are mostly engaged in behavioral advertising. All told, 40 percent of apps included in the research had passed on info without taking "reasonable" security measures.

Thousands of Android apps have been "improperly collecting" children's data, according to the findings of a new study.

Furthermore, 39% of the apps studied violate Google's terms of services when it comes to sharing of persistent identifiers across platforms, apps, or devices.

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According to the "Korea Mobile Internet Industry Report 2017" published last month by the Korea Mobile Internet Business Association, Google Play accounted for around 60.7 percent of mobile app content sales past year, with most of the revenue coming from mobile games.

With thousands of Android apps added to the Google Play Store daily, it may be hard for Google to manually inspect all the apps to make sure that no laws are being broken.

Google tests a number of features and design changes internally which never make it into the final release, so it's possible this dramatic change won't make it into the final Android P launch.

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