Google, a company that known to keep uncomfortably close tabs on users, is taking new measures to ensure that other Android apps don't do the same without proper warning. The company's Safe Browsing team has unveiled stricter enforcement of its "unwanted software policy," warning users off apps that collect your personal data without consent. Google's search engine will even scare users away from websites that offer up apps violating its policies.
The search giant is cracking down hard on privacy issues, having recently banned apps that display ads in your lock screen, for instance. That's a noble effort, but Google itself has been conspicuous lately for violating user trust. It was found to have been tracking users' cellphone tower positions and relaying the data back to its servers, ostensibly to improve messaging speed.