Google removes “Permissions” list from Play Store app listings

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While on the one hand, Google has introduced a new “Data Security” section on the Play Store to provide users with more information on how apps use their data, on the other hand, the company is removing details application lists. In March this year, Google removed the “Updated on” section from Play Store listings for some users. Now it gets rid of the “Permissions” list.

For those who don’t know, app listings on the Google Play Store include a “Permissions” section that lists all the permissions required by each app. It allows users to easily check all the permissions required by an app without installing it on their device, making it a handy feature for privacy-conscious users. However, according to Mishaal Rahman, Google seems to have removed it from Play Store listings for all apps.

In a recent tweet, Rahman shared screenshots of the Play Store listing for the Facebook app before and after the change took effect. As you can see, the updated list no longer shows the “Permissions” list, so you can no longer check app permissions before installing the app.

We don’t know why Google made this change, and the company has yet to release an official statement about it. But we suspect it has something to do with the new Play Store Data Safety section, which is currently rolling out to users. The new Data Security section provides users with information on how apps use their data in the Play Store listing. The information provided in the Data Security section is a bit easier to digest for the average user, making it a bit more useful than the list of permissions, which doesn’t offer an explanation for the required permissions.

Those with a good understanding of Android app permissions can still access the information using Aurora Store, a FOSS Google Play client, or by inspecting the app manifest.

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