01 February 2020
Warning of Google Play Developer policy violation: Action Required: Policy issue
The deadline from Google is March 15, 2017.
Your app will be unlisted from the Google Play Store after this deadline if you don't take the required action to fix the violation.
Here's how the email sent by Google looks like (credits to TNW):
The email reads:
Hello Google Play Developer,
Our records show that your app, XXXX, with package name com.XXXX.XXXXXXXXXX, currently violates our User Data policy regarding Personal and Sensitive Information.
Alternatively, you may opt-out of this requirement by removing any requests for sensitive permissions or user data.
If you have additional apps in your catalog, please make sure they are compliant with our Prominent Disclosure requirements.
Please resolve this issue by March 15, 2017, or administrative action will be taken to limit the visibility of your app, up to and including removal from the Play Store. Thanks for helping us provide a clear and transparent experience for Google Play users.
The Google Play Team
If you don't need the sensitive permissions that your app currently asks from users, update your app's manifest group to stop asking for those permissions.
Examples of sensitive permissions apps can request include:
This URL will be made available on the listing page of your app:
The Google Play Developer distribution agreement informs you that you're required to have "privacy procedures and notices in place".
You agree that if you use the Store to distribute Products, you will protect the privacy and legal rights of users. If the users provide you with, or your Product accesses or uses, user names, passwords, or other login information or personal information, you must make the users aware that the information will be available to your Product, and you must provide a legally adequate privacy notice and protection for those users.
Here are some examples of apps from Google Play Store and how they integrated this into their apps.
This article is not a substitute for professional legal advice. This article does not create an attorney-client relationship, nor is it a solicitation to offer legal advice.