Google Unfurls ‘Independent Security Review’ Badge for Audited Android Apps
- Google is introducing an “Independent security review” icon in the Play Store’s Data safety section for Android apps that have gone through a Mobile Application Security Assessment (MASA) check.
- The roll-out began with VPN applications due to the critical and significant amount of user information they handle.
The Dawn of the ‘Independent Security Review’ Badge
When it comes to Android apps and their security check posts, Google just leveled up like Super Mario nabbing a power-up mushroom. The tech giant is pioneering its “Independent security review” badge in the Play Store’s Data safety section. This badge acts as a digital gold star for Android apps that have been through the rigorous paces of a Mobile Application Security Assessment (MASA) audit.
VPN Apps Lead the Charge
And in the spirit of ‘saving Princess Peach,’ Google gave first dibs to VPN applications. This move was laid down by Nataliya Stanetsky from the Android Security and Privacy Team, citing the sensitive and extensive user data that these apps handle as the reason for their frontrunner status. If VPN apps were on a roller coaster ride of data handling, they’d be seated squarely at the front, feeling the full pressure of potential security risks.
To put it in a nutshell (or in the shell of everyone’s favorite pixelated turtle adversary, Koopa), Google has introduced an “Independent security review” badge. This mark of distinction graces apps in the Play Store that have undergone a detailed Mobile Application Security Assessment. VPN apps, known for handling a roller coaster of user data, were the first to receive this particular badge of honor. It’s like when your kid brings home an A on their report card — but instead of an A, it’s a big ol’ Google-approved security thumbs up!Original Article: https://thehackernews.com/2023/11/google-play-store-introduces.html