Google Removes App Permissions List From Play Store: How It Will Affect Users

Google Play Store includes a “Permissions” section that details all permissions required by each application. This important section comes in handy for privacy-conscious users as it allows them to check all the permissions needed for a particular app without installing it on their devices. According to a report from XDA Developers, Google is now ditching the app permissions section on the Play Store to focus on the new “Data Security” section.
The “Data Security” section on Google Play Store was introduced in April 2022 to provide users with more information about how apps use their data. However, this new section weighs in on some “crucial app listing details.” Additionally, Google also removed the “Updated on” section from Play Store listings for some users in March this year.
What the new app listings look like
The report shared two screenshots of the Facebook app’s Play Store listing showing the difference before and after the change took effect. According to the screenshots, the “Permissions” list is no longer visible in the updated list, preventing users from checking permissions before installing the app.
The reason for Google’s decision
The report did not mention the exact reason why Google was moving forward with such a change as the tech giant has yet to release an official statement regarding this update. However, the report assumes that this change is related to the new Play Store Data Safety section that is currently rolling out to users.
The Data Security Section
The latest addition to the list of Play Store apps, the Data Security section, offers users insight into how certain apps use their data. According to the report, the list of permissions is less important than the Data Security section because it does not explain the required permissions. However, users who have a good understanding of android application permissions can still access information using Aurora Store, a FOSS Google Play Client, or by inspecting the app manifest, mentions the report.
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