Google is not content to close the consumer version of Google+ to address privacy concerns. The company is gradually introducing a change to its development tools that will give users much greater control over the confidentiality permissions of their account data. Just like the permissions in the recent versions of Android, you will get one at a time permission requests for different services. For example, you can grant access to Drive, but disable Gmail or Calendar Permissions.
The changes will start reaching new users in October and should apply to existing users early in 2019. While Google has not said so much, the crackdown seems to be a reaction to its previous policies leaving third-party applications Analyze Gmail inboxes without much clarity for users. This change should clearly indicate what the applications really want.
Google also uses granularity control to promote better explanations to users. Although this does not require elaborate descriptions, he hopes that item-by-item authorizations will encourage a clearer dialogue and avoid any unpleasant surprises.
Google’s decision comes at a time when many startups are targeting the next 100 million users, where data on consumer behavior and smartphone usage patterns can be a big advantage for creating better products. “It’s a bold move from Google. If they act seriously, it will affect everyone, from big players such as Flipkart and Paytm to the little ones, “said a senior executive of a billion-dollar internet start-up, and which could not be identified because of the sensitivity of the material.
A senior Paytm executive said the company “is on the white list of the Play store. We are a UPI application (and) that gives us access to SMS. We never read call logs and that’s not the kind of data we would use/need. “In a blog post on October 8, Google said that only Android apps that users would choose as” default apps” to make calls or send SMS request access to this data.
According to Google, the goal is to allow access to applications whose main function depends on the permissions sought for specific purposes. This is to prevent applications from taking unwanted permissions that are not necessary for their operation. For users, this could be the end of granting forced SMS permissions requested by many Indian applications and premature downloads, as in the case of the Khimbo local messaging application, which was removed due to glaring failures of his security system.