Resolved! Issue: Violation of Usage of Android Advertising ID policy and section 4.8 By Accident

A few days back, I got two emails from Google Play Developer Support regarding some issue in two of my applications having the following content.

 

 

 

 

“Hi developers at AAAAA BBBB CCCC,

After review, AAABBBCCC, AAA.BBB.CCC, has been removed from Google Play due to a policy violation. This app won’t be available to users until you submit a compliant update.

Issue: Violation of Usage of Android Advertising ID policy and section 4.8 of the Developer Distribution Agreement

Google Play requires developers to provide a valid privacy policy when the app requests or handles sensitive user or device information. We’ve identified that your app collects and transmits the Android advertising identifier, which is subject to a privacy policy requirement. If your app collects the Android advertising ID, you must provide a valid privacy policy in both the designated field in the Play Console, and from within the app.

So basically there was an issue regarding awareness to users of my application like which type of data application is taking from them and how I am as a developer using that data. This point was not clear, due to which Google Playstore removed my application. They wanted me to create a privacy policy explaining things like which type of data my application is collecting from them.

Many developers are facing this problem as Google Play store changed its policy on March this year.”

How I resolved this issue accidentally? 😛

First I tried to search for some online service write a big privacy policy document which will look good, big to read and meaningful. Then after trying some and filling all data, they asked me for money 🙁 to create a policy. Then I found this gods man online tool generating free policy document for humanity.

 

1) Fill in all details as shown in the image above for reference.

2) After that, you can download the document as HTML. then upload on your own server

3) Now add your server URL having this HTML document to play store privacy policy field on Google Publisher Console.

Here comes the accident part I accidentally submitted the app for review, while trying to save draft. I wanted to add a privacy policy link in the app as well.

But today, when I checked my application, is again published by Google team 🙂 bingo…

My App Using the following services:

  • Not having Admob Ads.
  • Using Google Analytics.
  • Using Crashalytics ( Main Cause for Issue ).
  • Getting Device GPS Location.
  • Asking User Phone Number.
  • Device Activity.
  • Showing Notifications.
  • Saving Device ID.

But you are advised to add a link as well to same Privacy Policy before submitting the application for review 😛 I will also add maybe in few Days 😀

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