Android developers have been receiving messages from Google explaining that their app "currently violates our User Data policy regarding Personal and Sensitive Information".
Apps should also disclose what private information is collected and how and with whom that data is shared, according to the company's user data policy.
The messages have caused a degree of confusion among developers because Google does not provide any contact details for communications, just a hard deadline which must be met if the app is not to be removed from Google Play.
Some developers have complained that it is not clear exactly which aspects of their app are in violation of Google's rules.
According to The Next Web, Google's plan is to purge millions of "zombie apps" from the Play Store. A hard deadline of 15 March is doing the rounds, after which offending apps will be removed, but developers on the company's forums report being given different cut-off dates.
The INQUIRER has asked Google for clarification.
The presence of insecure and privacy-violating apps on Google Play has been an issue form some time. Recently we reported that some Android VPN software has been found to be riddled with virus, spyware and other malware and also that many supposedly secure apps do not even encrypt data properly.
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