American tech giant google Google has announced it's in the process of reviewing its accessibility framework in a bid to fend off cyber crooks.
The company has paused the programme after cyber criminals found a way to use it to create fake clicks without users' knowledge, according to The Register.
Developers have been warned about security issues caused by the accessibility framework in the past. At the end of last month, Google told Android developers to avoid the service.
The accessibility framework makes it easier for developers to create text entry and screen taps, but it's been plagued by recent security vulnerabilities.
As a result, Google began a crackdown and told developers that they have 30 days to comply with new terms and conditions.
However, while the service is in review, the company is also looking at the merits of the changes. According to an email that's made its way to Reddit, the company has paused the cracdown.
"We'll notify you once our evaluation is completed. If further actions are needed to bring your app into compliance with our policies, your 30 day notice period will begin when we reach back out to you," according to the email.
The email also provided advice when it comes to using the accessibility service. One of Google's recommendations includes: 'If you don't need the BIND_ACCESSIBILITY_SERVICE permission in your app: Remove your declaration of this permission from your app's manifest.
'Sign in to your Play Console and upload your modified, policy-compliant APK. No further action is required after publishing the app.'
If developers want to make the most of the accessibility framework, Google asks that they get in touch to explain how they're using it for a "responsible, innovative" purpose:
'If you believe your app uses the Accessibility API for a responsible, innovative purpose that isn't related to accessibility, please respond to this email and tell us more about how your app benefits users.
'This kind of feedback may be helpful to us as we complete our evaluation of accessibility services.
'For each accessibility capability declared, you must have an accompanying disclosure to describe the app functionality that the Accessibility Service permission is enabling for your app.'
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