Google Play has announced three new policies that will be enforced on apps in the system.
Apps with Generative AI features will be required to have a direct method of reporting inappropriate content within the app itself, such as a report/flag button. Users will no longer need to exit the app or switch to another screen. This policy will come into effect starting in early 2024.
Apps requesting full access to edit and modify images and videos will now require approval from Google. Furthermore, Google will verify that these actions are relevant to the main functions of the app. This rule aims to protect user privacy by preventing apps with deceptive permissions from accessing and manipulating our personal media indefinitely.
Apps that request full-screen intent notifications will now be limited to alarm clock and telephony/video call apps only. This limitation is in place to prevent apps from using this permission for fullscreen advertisements. It will be effective starting from Android 14 onwards.
TLDR: Google Play is implementing new policies that require apps with Generative AI features to have in-app reporting mechanisms, apps with image/video editing capabilities to be approved by Google, and restricts full-screen intent notifications to alarm clock and telephony/video call apps only, starting in early 2024 and Android 14 respectively.