Privacy, security and deception

Privacy, security and deception

We’re committed to protecting user privacy and providing a safe and secure environment for our users. Apps that are deceptive, malicious, or intended to abuse or misuse any network, device or personal data are strictly prohibited.

Device and network abuse

We don’t allow apps that interfere with, disrupt, damage or access in an unauthorised manner the user’s device, other devices or computers, servers, networks, application programming interfaces (APIs) or services, including but not limited to other apps on the device, any Google service or an authorised operator network.

Apps on Google Play must comply with the default Android system optimisation requirements documented in the Core App Quality guidelines for Google Play.

Here are some examples of common violations:

  • Apps that block or interfere with another app displaying ads.
  • Game cheating apps that affect the gameplay of other apps.
  • Apps that facilitate or provide instructions on how to hack services, software or hardware, or circumvent security protections.
  • Apps that access or use a service or API in a manner that violates its terms of service.
  • Apps that attempt to bypass system power management that are not eligible for whitelisting.
  • Apps that facilitate proxy services to third parties may only do so in apps where that is the primary, user-facing core purpose of the app.

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