According to the reports, at the end of last year, Apple required all third-party software in app stores to add “privacy labels” to further protect consumer privacy. After that, a large number of Google’s iOS software stopped updating for a long time. According to the latest report, Google has recently begun a large-scale update of iOS software, and many software also has privacy label information.
Through the privacy tag information of the iOS software, users can understand the specific types of personal data collected by the software, whether the data will be used to track users, etc.
At the beginning of 2021, Google stated that privacy tags will be added when the iOS software is upgraded, but today, there is still some software without tags, such as search, photos, Google Assistant, Maps, Google Play Store, Chrome browser and other products.
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According to the policy announced by Apple last year, if the privacy label is not added, third-party iOS software cannot be upgraded. This also caused Google to be unable to upgrade the software for a long time. For example, the mailbox tool Gmail had been suspended for three months before the new version was released last weekend.
According to information from the Apple App Store, Slides, Docs, Sheets, and calendar tools developed by Google were upgraded last weekend. Recently, products such as YouTube, YouTube TV, YouTube Music, Google Tasks, and Google Podcasts have also added privacy tags, restarting normal version updates.
So far, the list of iOS software products that Google has added a privacy label is as follows:
Google One, Google Podcasts, Google Stadia, Google Fit, Google Fi, Google Tasks, Google Chat, Onduo, Project Baseline, YouTube, YouTube TV, YouTube Music, YouTube Kids, YouTube Studio, Google Meet, Google Smart Lock, Motion Stills, Google Fiber, Google Ads, Wear OS, Google Calendar, Google Classroom, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Play Movies, Google Home, Fiber TV, Google Translate and Google Authenticator.
As for why it took so long to add privacy labels to this iOS software, Google did not explain. According to analysis, the suspension period of several months shows that, compared with other technology companies, Google is more cautious in the issue of iOS privacy labels and is more serious in reviewing new versions.
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