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Google Tightens Rules Around App Permissions

October 09, 2018 / Ionut Arghire

Google this week announced improved user control over data shared with apps, redesigned app permissions, and diminished app access to sensitive information such as contacts, SMS, and phone. The changes, the search giant says, are being rolled out as part of Project Strobe, which represents an overall review of third-party developer access to Google account and Android device data. The idea was to have a look at privacy controls, data privacy concerns, and the access developers enjoy, and adjust where necessary. The first and most important change resulting from Project Strobe is the shutdown of Google+ for consumers in August 2019. It is not surprising, given the low usage and engagement the social platform sees at the moment, with 90% of Google+ user sessions lasting less than five seconds.