PER­MIS­SION DE­NIED

Business Today - - THE BUZZ - – De­vika Singh

TECH GI­ANTS such as Google and Face­book, it seems, have fi­nally brought user pri­vacy to the fore­front. Ap­ple, with its stricter de­vel­oper poli­cies, has al­ways been seen as a safer plat­form com­pared to Google. But with pri­vacy tak­ing cen­tre-stage, and dis­cus­sion shift­ing to­wards safety and se­cu­rity of users, Google, too, is fol­low­ing suit. Re­cently, it up­dated the Google Play de­vel­oper pol­icy and lim­ited the ac­cess third party apps get for user data. Now de­vel­op­ers will only get ac­cess to data which is ex­plic­itly needed for the core func­tion­ing of the app. With th­ese changes, only lim­ited apps can get ac­cess to the user's call logs and SMS on An­droid de­vices. Face­book, too, ear­lier in the year, had re­stricted ac­cess to third­party apps and de­vel­op­ers af­ter the Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­ica scan­dal.

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