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Google to curb permission begging on Android
« on: June 28, 2019, 03:39:23 AM »

Apps with excessive permissions requests are nothing new on Android, and Google has been trying to alleviate the issue by changing its policies numerous times over the years. These efforts have had varying degrees of success, but the company is now starting to crack down on apps that have sweeping permissions over first-party services like Gmail and Google Drive.

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The first big app that will get hit with the new restrictions is Microsoft's SwiftKey keyboard, which has a powerful text prediction engine that can tap into your email correspondence to deliver predictions tailored to you. To achieve this, however, the app requires permissions to perform the following actions: "View, manage, and permanently delete your mail in Gmail", "Create, update, and delete labels", and Compose and send new email." All of those fall under the updated "Restricted Scopes" guidelines that forbid apps from gaining complete access to Google User Data.

Google has sent the following email to some SwiftKey users:

Although you don't need to do anything, we wanted to let you know that the following apps may no longer be able to access some data in your Google Account, including your Gmail content. If these apps are unable to meet the deadline to comply with our updated data policy requirements, they'll lose access to your Account starting July 15th, 2019.

SwiftKey Account

We are making this change as part of ongoing efforts to make sure your data is protected and private.

You can always view, manage and remove apps you've given access to your account by visiting your Google Account.

The Google Accounts team

In short, unless Microsoft complies with Google's new data policy requirements, SwiftKey will lose access to Gmail content. In order to do so, some changes will need to be done in SwiftKey, though we don't know if this is going to affect any of its 'core' predictive features.


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