Google Removed 190,000 Developers and 1.2 Million Apps from Play Store in 2021

190,000 developer accounts containing spam have been blocked from the Play Store app store throughout 2021. Not only that, 1.2 Million applications have also been removed for violating their policies.

This number turned out to be much larger than in 2020. The blocking and deletion were carried out by Google in an effort to make the Play Store application store a safer space for consumers.

As reported by Gizchina, Google claims to have managed to block billions of potentially dangerous applications. More than 500,000 inactive and abandoned developer accounts were also closed.

In the Data Security rules for developers, Google did mention that they are very strict in providing a software development kit (SDK).

Google notes that 98 percent of apps that have migrated to Android 11 avoid the risk of accessing sensitive application programming interfaces (APIs). So, the newer Android is used, the less risk the user has of getting spam.

“We are constantly working to make Android a safe place. Last year, we banned the collection of all user Advertising IDs (AAIDs) and other device identifiers in kid-only apps. Also, allowing all users to remove their Advertising ID completely, regardless of the application,” said Google.

According to the site Neowin, when it comes to the Play Store, privacy and security are indeed a high priority for them. There are reports that Google disabled all third-party apps that record calls.

The company has also introduced in the “Data Security” menu for developers which requires them to provide more information about whatever user data is collected and the purpose behind it.

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