June 15, 2021
Google Play Store Android app developer warning

Google Issues Strong Warning to Android App Devs: Disclose Crash Reports or Face Banishment

A new Google Play Store Android app developer warning doesn’t mince words, and clearly states to comply with the rules or be removed…

Apps crash. It’s one of the few downsides of such great technology. Many people even casually familiar knows that when it comes to Android, app crashes can somewhat be a bit more common. This is why it is important for developers to get as much data on those incidents as possible. The information collected can easily produce a goldmine. But, some developers aren’t playing by the rules. And, not in regard to things such as malware.

Google Play Store Android App Developer Warning Issued

When some apps crash, they send back valuable data once reopened by the end-user. This can tell the developer what caused the crash for a possible fix. (These reports do not contain user’s personal data, though.) However, Google insists apps taking such actions — like making users aware crash reports are sent back — are a necessity to placing apps in the Play Store. Here’s an email Android Police obtained:

This is a notification that your application, XXXXXXXXXXXXX, with package ID xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, is currently in violation of our developer terms. Your app is collecting user data via crash reporting and must comply with the Prominent Disclosure Requirement of our User Data policy.

Action required: Please make modifications to bring your app into compliance within 30 days of the issuance of this notification, or your app will be removed. You may want to consider adding a dialog notifying users of user data collection during crash reporting to ask their consent before the collection occurs.

At this time, it’s not clear why Google is suddenly taking this action. But, it’s probably to do with the recent security scandals. Regardless, if developers don’t comply, they risk having their apps removed from the Play Store.