What's New in Google Play Policy? (July 2020)
Google Play has updated our Play Policies on July 8, 2020. Additionally, we updated enforcement grace periods for this and all future policy updates, and refreshed our policy center.
Over the past year, we’ve made several changes to our policies and platform to strengthen privacy protections for users. We realize these changes can cause work for developers and have heard your feedback that our communications and change processes can improve. This July, in addition to our policy updates, we’ve made these change changes:
Additional time to comply: Starting with today’s policy updates, all developers will have at least 30 days to comply with any new policies. For certain policies that could require more significant developer work (like background location permissions), we give additional time to make updates.
Easier to understand policies: We’ve clarified several policies with additional information and examples to make them easier to understand. Additionally, we’ve moved our policies to the Play Help Center so they are easier to search and find.
Improving the support experience: We’ve added more information in the emails we send for policy enforcements.
More communication and guidance in Play Console: In the new Play Console (currently in beta), you can find important messages about your apps and games in the new Inbox. The new Policy status and App content sections also make it easier to provide information Google Play needs to confirm that your apps are compliant with our policies, and to quickly see if there’s an issue that needs addressing.
Use the resources below to learn more about these changes and our July 2020 policy updates related to News, AR location anchoring, Families Ads, 'All Files Access' permissions, and Mobile Unwanted Software .
Both new apps and existing apps available on Google Play as of July 8, 2020 will have until August 12, 2020 to comply, or else they will be removed.
Thank you for continuing to partner with us to make Google Play a trustworthy platform for you and your users.
Helpful links and resources:
Understanding upcoming changes to news and news-related apps - Play Console Help Center
July 2020 Preview Page - Play Developer Policy Center (Policy Center will be fully refreshed on August 12, 2020)