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Paul Bankhead, Director, Product Management

October 10, 2018

Paul Bankhead

Google's updated Play Store policy ensures Paytm, Swiggy, Jio, other apps can't ask for access to call logs, SMSes

..... These include caller ID services like Truecaller, SMS management apps like Textra, call recording apps, and so on.Developers who do not comply with the policy by January 6, 2019, will not be allowed to publish their apps on Play Store. They could, however, continue asking for call log and SMS access on the Amazon Appstore, and in the overall Android ecosystem.In the wake of the Google+ data breach, the search giant intends to tighten security around all its consumer products.Paul Bankhead, Director, Product Management, Google Play, said,"In the coming months, we'll be rolling out additional controls and policies across our various products and platforms, and will continue to work with you, our developers, to help with the transition. The trust of our users is critical and together we'll continue to build a safe and secure Android ecosystem......

October 09, 2018

Paul Bankhead

Google implements new Play Store policies for apps that request SMS and Call Log permissions

..... Only an app that has been selected as a user's default app for making calls or text messages will be able to access call logs and SMS, respectively. Paul Bankhead, director of product management at Google Play explains that starting in November, "Google Play will require updates to existing apps to target API level 26 (Android 8.0) or higher" -- a policy that already applies to new apps......