After months of testing, Google is immediately rolling out labels within the Play Retailer to indicate official state and federal authorities apps in additional than 14 nations. This new label will assist customers rule out apps that masquerade as official apps to steal cash or knowledge.

The corporate stated that these badges presently cowl greater than 2,000 apps in nations together with Australia, Canada, Germany, France, the UK, Japan, South Korea, the USA, Brazil, Indonesia, India, and Mexico. Final November, the corporate teased this function when it introduced new guidelines for app builders.

Customers will be capable of see a brand new “Authorities” badge on official apps. In the event that they faucet on the badge, a pop-up shows a message saying, “Play verified this app is affiliated with a authorities entity.” The badge additionally reveals up in lists like “High Charts” for apps.

Google Play government badge

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Google stated it has labored with governments and their developer companions to onboard apps with badges. In India, the corporate has confronted issues with quite a few pretend central and state government apps popping up on the Play Retailer to dupe individuals.

The corporate famous that Play Retailer’s coverage already doesn’t permit apps with false descriptions, deceptive icons, or screenshots — particularly those claiming to be official apps.

“Apps that falsely declare affiliation with a authorities entity or to offer or facilitate authorities companies for which they don’t seem to be correctly licensed,” Google’s rule about deceptive behavior learn.

Google stated that it asks builders to submit proof if they’ve ample permission to course of authorities paperwork for security causes. It additionally encourages the federal government to make use of official e mail IDs to create developer accounts on Google Play to publish apps.