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Google is correcting a typo in its policy that allowed apps to spy on their partners

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Google is finally correcting a typo that allowed developers to make and publish stalkerware apps on Google Play that allowed users to track on their partners. While making the policy, Google made a mistake of confusing kids tracking app with stakerware apps. Google disallowed apps that helped parents to keep track of their kids while mistakenly allowing stalkerware apps that lets users track their partners.
Google has now clarified that its policies do not support apps that secretly track adults while making it clear that kids tracking apps are good to go.
Going by the words of Google, its earlier policy read: “Legitimate forms of these apps cannot be used by parents to track their children. However, these apps can be used to track a person (a spouse, for example) without their knowledge or permission unless a persistent notification is displayed while the data is being transmitted.”
Thankfully, Google realised its mistake and is now correcting it. The latest policy update effective from October 1. The corrected policy now reads: “Acceptable forms of these apps can be used by parents to track their children. However, these apps cannot be used to track a person (a spouse, for example) without their knowledge or permission unless a persistent notification is displayed while the data is being transmitted.”
Google further clarified that it doesn’t allow apps or developer accounts that impersonate any person or organisation, or that misrepresent or conceal their ownership or primary purpose.
that engage in coordinated activity to mislead users.
Google also briefed about non-stalkerware apps distributed on the Play Store which monitor or track a user’s behavior on a device. These apps must not present themselves as a spying or secret surveillance solution and must present users with a persistent notification and unique icon that clearly identifies the app.

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