Google Play Developer Program Policy Update

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Google Play Policy updates

Hello Google Play Developer,

We're writing to let you know about a recent update to our Developer Policy  
Center. We make updates from time to time as part of a continuous effort to  
make Google Play a positive experience for both developers and consumers.

This email is to inform you of recent changes we've made to our policies,  
which are highlighted below.

We've clarified our Malicious Behavior policy prohibiting surveillance and  
commercial spyware apps.
We've clarified our Designed for Families program requirements and  
Primarily Child-Directed Declaration guidelines to help ensure accurate  
representation of an app's targeted age group.
We've updated our User Data and Permissions policies, including adding  
specific restrictions on the use of the Call Log and SMS permission groups.

You will have 90 days from the date of this announcement to make your apps  
compliant with this updated Call Log and SMS permissions policy.

We've updated our Enforcement section to explain the extent of our policy  
coverage, including the actions that we may take on apps that violate our  

Also, please be advised we will be removing access to contact interaction  
fields from the Contacts Provider API within the next few months.

We encourage you to review these policy updates carefully in case any of  
your existing apps are impacted.

Aside from where explicitly noted, any new apps or app updates published  
after this notification will immediately be subject to the latest version  
of the Developer Program Policies. If you find an existing app in your  
catalog that isn't compliant, please fix the app and submit it again, or  
unpublish it, within 30 days.


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