Google introduced the Data Safety section in its Play Store late last year. The section gives users insights into how an app collects personal data and uses it before the user downloads the app.
The key change for developers in this policy mandate is the 'Data Safety Report'. Google Play will use the details provided in the report to feed details into an app's security section. Developers need to collect and provide accurate information around data collection by their app, including data used by the app's third-party libraries or SDKs.
The data safety form is where you let Google know whether your app collects or shares any of the required user data types. If it does, you'll be asked some questions about your privacy and security practices. Next, you'll be asked questions about how the data is used and handled for each type of data.
Building the data safety report is a multi-step process. You start with reviewing the details you need to collect to fill out the form. Then, you fill up the safety form on your Play console -- where you add details like the data safety practices followed by your team, clarify how you will use your user's data, and if the data is vital for your app's function. You end the process by reviewing what your users will see in the safety section, submitting the report, and making the changes requested by Google.
a. Manual effort: Your team needs to manually identify the data collected by your app and then prepare
a form to submit
b. Third-party analysis: You need to spend countless hours going through SDKs and third party docs that your app uses to find the data shared collected by them
c. Repetition: With data reporting, you need to engage in long & repetitive processes to get your report approved by the Play Store
Privado CLI is a static code scanning tool that runs on your machine from your command line and scans your app code to discover personal data, third party integrations, and data flows.
The tool automates the time-consuming process of finding data elements and third-party integrations that impact the privacy report of your app.
Yes, the Play Store Data Safety Report Generator by Privado is free-to-use.
Visit our Github page and download the CLI tool.