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Android Apps Will Soon Need Google's Permission to Access Your Location in the Background

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Feb 19, 2020, 2:20 PM   by Rich Brome

To improve user privacy, Google is updating its Play Store policies to restrict the use of location data by Android apps when they're not actively running. Currently, any Android app can request permission for such access from the user. Starting in August, apps will only be able to do so with explicit permission from Google, having demonstrated a specific need for access to location data in the background. In November, Google will remove apps from the Play Store that have not complied with the new policy. Also today, Google announced the first Developer Preview of Android 11, which includes a new user option to allow apps to access location data on a one-time basis.


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Feb 22, 2020, 5:37 AM


Samsung is already on it. Since the update to 10, I get a notification for apps that do that. I can then choose to let it get location all the time, or just when it's running.
That’s different. That’s standard in all Android 10 phones. That’s the *app* asking *your* permission.

What’s new is that *developers* will need to ask *Google’s* permission first, before the app is even published. Only then will the app...
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