Google Will Remove Apps That Misuse Accessibility Features in Play Store

Hanif Shaikh
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Google Will Remove Apps That Misuse Accessibility

Google ever time offers Android Accessibility Services that are used by app developers to making apps for users or operators with disabilities. The service takes also been intended for other purposes as per fill in script fields by some apps like four user-friendly Tasker and LastPass to perform certain features. But, these features can make security risks, so, Google is currently taking particular strict actions against Android apps using Accessibility Services.

Android Accessibility Services

Google is sending emails to apps developers that are using the Accessibility Services API, answering them for an explain services how the API on their app is helping the users with disabilities. Unknown the developers are able to convince the search giant within 30 days of receiving the mail, their apps will be removed from the Google Play Store. Google is action so as it does not need the API to be used for purposes additional than helping disable users and there are security reasons as well.

Android Police described this mentioning one such email that was sent to BatterySaver. The email reads,

Google Play Store Email

 “We’re contacting you because your app, BatterySaver System Shortcut, with package name com.floriandraschbacher.batterysaver.free is requesting the ‘android.permission.BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE.’ Apps requesting accessibility services should only be used to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. Your app must comply with our Permissions policy and the Prominent Disclosure requirements of our User Data policy.”

Action required: If you aren’t already doing so, you must explain to users how your app is using the ‘android.permission.BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE’ to help users with disabilities use Android devices and apps. Apps that fail to meet this requirement within 30 days may be removed from Google Play. Alternatively, you can remove any requests for accessibility services within your app. You can also choose to unpublish your app.

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Alternatively, you can choose to unpublish the app.

All violations are tracked. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related Google accounts.

If you’ve reviewed the policy and feel we may have been in error, please reach out to our policy support team. One of my colleagues will get back to you within 2 business days.

Regards,

The Google Play Review Team

Google is sending emails

The email enhances that the developer wants to clarify how the API is actuality used to help users with a disability. It too conditions that if they fail.

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