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Google cracks down on apps misusing services meant for differently abled

The new directive could have major ramifications for several apps, especially those intended for customisation or power users

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has warned not to use its -- designed for users with disabilities -- for other purposes that may create security issues, adding that it will remove such from its Play Store.

To better help users with disabilities, Android has a set of that developers can use to improve their applications.

"is most likely cracking down on use due to security reasons. While applications like LastPass use the available APIs to identify password fields in other apps, this level of access can be used maliciously," tech portal Android Police reported on Monday.

has sent an email to developers, stating that "unless developers can describe how the app properly uses the to help users who are disabled, it will need to remove all requests for or it will be taken off of the Play Store", 9to5Google reported.

like LastPass, Universal Copy, Clipboard Actions, Cerberus, Tasker and Network Monitor Mini use

The new directive could have major ramifications for several apps, especially those intended for customisation or power users.

"All violations are tracked. Serious or repeated violations of any nature will result in the termination of your developer account, and investigation and possible termination of related accounts," said.

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First Published: Mon, November 13 2017. 11:52 IST
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