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Paul Bankhead, Director, Product Management

January 18, 2019

Paul Bankhead

Google starts pulling unvetted Android apps that access call logs and SMS messages

..... But Google acknowledged that this level of access can and has been abused by developers who misuse the permissions to gather sensitive data — or mishandle it altogether. “Our new policy is designed to ensure that apps asking for these permissions need full and ongoing access to the sensitive data in order to accomplish the app’s primary use case, and that users will understand why this data would be required for the app to function,” wrote Paul Bankhead, Google’s director of product management for Google Play. Any developer wanting to retain the ability to ask a user’s permission for calling and texting data has to fill out a permissions declaration. .....

January 15, 2019

Paul Bankhead

Google to yoink apps with an unauthorized Call Log or SMS habit from Android Play Store

'We take access to sensitive data and permissions very seriously...' No giggling, please Paul Bankhead, director of product management at Google, has told programmers that apps in the Play Store that want access to SMS or Call Logs will start being removed unless the ad-slinger has OK'd the given developer's justification. Failure to submit the Permissions Declarations form means the app could well be removed from the Play Store. .....