For the better part of two years, Google’s made a concerted effort to improve control over data in Android apps, chiefly by introducing system-level changes in Android, refining its Google Play developer policies, requiring developers to disclose the collection and use of sensitive data, and restricting access to certain permissions (like those involving SMS and call logs). But it hasn’t always been fully transparent with about these changes, and toward that end, the Mountain View company today that it’s “clarifying” several of its rules and reviewing the way it handles noncompliant apps.

“From the outset, we’ve sought to craft Android as a completely open source operating system … This developer-centric approach and openness have been cornerstones of Android’s philosophy from the beginning,” vice president of

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