Google has announced a number of user-facing and under-the-hood changes in an attempt to boost privacy and security, including rolling out two-factor authentication automatically to all eligible users and bringing iOS-styled privacy labels to Android app listings.
“Today we ask people who have enrolled in two-step verification (2SV) to confirm it’s really them with a simple tap via a Google prompt on their phone whenever they sign in,” the company said. “Soon we’ll start automatically enrolling users in 2SV if their accounts are appropriately configured.”
Google Play To Get Apple-Like Privacy Labels
The Google Play Store for Android is also getting a huge overhaul on the privacy front. The search giant said it plans to include a new safety section for app listings that highlights the type of data is collected and stored — such as approximate or precise location, contacts, personal information, photos and videos, and audio files — and how the data is used, whether be it for providing app functionality, personalization, or advertising.
The transparency measures into how apps use data echo a similar push by Apple, which rolled out privacy labels in the App Store in December…