On Monday, 14th January, Google, an American technology giant, said in a blog post that it would be removing apps from the play store which collect call log and SMS information from its users in the coming weeks.
The search giant has reminded developers with this blog post that it wants its users to control their own data and developers who ask for SMS and call log information would have restricted access.
In October last year, the tech giant first announced that it was giving developers 90 days to review their request for permissions. Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal last year let to companies putting more attention around user privacy.
Developers have an option to submit permission declaration form which would be reviewed by Google. The search giant has been strict with developers request and has rejected some.