Some iOS/iPadOS users receive warning from Google not to log-in to Gmail under this scenario
Gmail issues warning to iOS users in some scenarios due to the lack of an update
The App Privacy reports can be found on an app’s listing in the App Store under the Ratings & Review and What’s New sections. It will show the data that the app can collect and link to the user’s ID. It will also show data that can be collected, but cannot be linked to the user’s ID. The App Privacy report lists all of the data that an app can collect, not all of the data that it will definitely obtain from an iOS user.
Google has added the App Privacy label to some of its iOS apps like YouTube, but has still failed to add the label to its popular iOS apps such as Google Search, Google Photos, Google Maps, and others. Besides YouTube, some of the other Google apps made for iOS that do have the App Privacy label include:
- Google Translate
- Google Authenticator
- Google Play Movies and TV
- Google Classroom
- Google Fiber
- Google Fiber TV
- Wear OS
- Onduo for Diabetes
- Project Baseline
- Google Smart Lock
- Motion Stills – GIF, Collage
Some Google apologists are saying that Google hasn’t added the label to its major iOS apps because there are no new features to add to these apps. However, the latest update for the Android version of Gmail was disseminated on February 9th. Sure, that might not mean a thing, but it does seem strange that many major Google apps for Android have received regular updates while the iOS/iPadOS versions have not.
Some believe that Google is wary of posting the App Privacy label for its apps because of the negative feedback that Facebook’s App Privacy labels received after App Store users had to scroll through quite a long list of data that these apps can obtain from users. Still, it might be better for Google to rip off the BandAid, let the chips fall where they may, and update their iOS/iPadOS apps. At this point, many expect that Google’s labels will be just as long as Facebook’s anyway.
This Spring, Apple is expected to release its App Tracker Transparency feature that requires uses to opt-in if they want to continue being tracked by a third-party app’s tracker for the purpose of receiving customized advertisements online. Fackbook, which had almost $85 billion in ad revenue last year, fears that this could cut its ad revenue by as much as 50% starting with the second quarter of this year.
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