In 2021, Google blocked 1.2 million applications on the Play Store that violate privacy policies
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Namely, thanks to the improved machine learning system and a better way of viewing applications on the platform, 1.2 million of them were harmed, which harmed users, and 190,000 user accounts were banned. The numbers are expected to be even more pronounced this year, but then they should “plummet” from 2023 because those behind the malicious apps will realize they don’t have access to the Play Store. Or it is extremely difficult for them …
Something like this has been achieved thanks to the improved data security of software development tools (SDKs), but also partnerships with developers who work with these tools.
(They (SKD, op.a.) provide functionality to app developers, but sometimes it can be hard to know when the SDK is safe to use. Last year we worked with developers to build a safer Android and Google Play ecosystem. As a result, developers have improved the security of SDKs that use hundreds of thousands of applications while affecting billions of users. This remains a large investment area for our team and we will continue our efforts to make SDKs more secure throughout the ecosystem, “Google said.
They added that the best way to ensure data security is to restrict their access. To that end, the company has introduced new platform protections and policies that have reduced access to sensitive application programming interfaces (APIs) and user data for 98 percent of applications that migrate to Android 11 or later. Also, the use of the accessibility API in apps migrating to Android 12 has been banned, while “killing” apps to record third-party calls.