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Google Is Ready To Shake Things Up In The World Of Android VPN With Major Rule Changes

Google will reportedly be introducing some major rule changes in the world of Android VPN.

The tech giant confirmed today that the changes will be implemented soon and it will begin with the blocking of VPN apps present on the Google Play Store that interfere with ads.

Google’s policy for developers that came to light in July of this year mentioned that from the start of November, only certain VPN applications that utilize VPNService would be allowed to move forward.

This service is designed to assist apps in providing virtual private networks. Hence, only such apps can be trusted to make the most secure device-level tunnels across remote servers.

Google also delineated how permissible VPN applications wouldn’t be allowed to collect users’ personal information without being open about the method and taking users’ consent on the matter.

At the same time, the search engine giant says they shouldn’t manipulate the traffic coming forward or interfere with advertisements too. And that’s because that sort of behavior could have serious repercussions on monetization for other services.

During the earlier part of 2022, Google mentioned how it would be introducing some great changes across its Play Store. This includes the likes of putting forward some major restrictions across different VPN apps.

This is available for download across various Android smartphones. But now, new reports have spoken about how The Register unveiled some major concerns pertaining to an ad-blocking application from Sweden called Blokada. The latter argues that the new rules would hinder its workings by interfering with its software design.

At the same time, a spokesperson for DuckDuckGo revealed how the new policy change wouldn’t have any major effect on their workings but the team is still in the process of conducting a thorough review.

But we’d just like to inform you that Google is not the only one tightening up VPN rules on apps. Apple’s current policy also forces apps to make use of an API called NEVPNManager.


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