Google Blocked 1.2 Million Policy-Violating Android Apps in 2021

Google has today highlighted its efforts toward keeping people safe from malware and unwanted software, highlighting how it blocked 1.2 million policy-violating apps from being published on Google Play in 2021.

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The company also banned 190k bad developer accounts and closed nearly 500k developer accounts that are inactive or abandoned last year. Earlier this week, Google also rolled out a new data safety section, which all app developers are required to complete by July 20th. 

Google has also added the Policy and Programs section to Google Play Console to help developers manage all their app compliance issues in one location.

Last year, we engaged with SDK developers to build a safer Android and Google Play ecosystem. As a result of this work, SDK developers have improved the safety of SDKs used by hundreds of thousands of apps impacting billions of users.

This remains a huge investment area for our team, and we will continue in our efforts to make SDKs safer across the ecosystem.

The search engine giant is now also limiting access to user data by app developers to ensure its safety.