In short: This week, the UK government unveiled a proposal for the world’s first set of standard rules for app stores. It is accompanied by a new government app security report and a call for tech companies to speak up.

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Wednesday UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) proposed security rules for digital marketplaces to be followed to protect devices and data of UK users from compromised applications. The DCMS specifically mentions Apple, Google, Amazon, Huawei, Microsoft, and Samsung. However, the proposed guidelines will apply to any online app store, including for mobile devices, game consoles, TVs, voice assistants, and other products.

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One of the requirements in the proposal requires all app stores to include steps for reporting vulnerabilities in hosted software. Another option is to make privacy information more accessible to users. Applications must also specify why they need access to the user’s location and contacts.

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Concurrent with DMCS proposal National Cyber ​​Security Center published a report that warns of compromised and malicious applications. It includes information about compromised SDKs, fake apps, malicious updates, and more.

DMCS also called Feedback from developers and app store operators on how to improve security. The government will accept comments until June 29, after which it will determine the next steps before publishing its final proposal later this year.