Google’s bug bounty program will cover all popular Android apps

The Google Play Security Rewards program will extend to any app in the Google Play Store that has more than 100 million installations.

The Google Play Security Reward program is a reward for developers who discover issues in apps on the Google Play Store. Previously, the program covered only
a set list of eight top-level apps, but now it will be extended to any app installed more than 100 million times in the Google Play Store.

If developers discover and disclose a vulnerability in an app to Google, Google will be offered a reward of up to $20,000.

A Google spokesperson said: “This opens the door for security researchers to help hundreds of organizations identify and fix vulnerabilities in their apps.”

In addition, Google is launching a Developer Data Protection Reward Program to address “data abuse issues” in Android apps, OAuth projects and Chrome extensions.

This means the apps that use or sell user data without their consent will be removed from the Google Play Store or Chrome Online Store if they are reported to have misused user data, and Google will reward the reporter for up to $50,000.

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