I too am facing this issue. I received a notification from the play store notifying me that my app was removed from the app store. Google explained:
“Your app is using the Branch IO SDK, which is uploading users Installed Packages information to https://api.branch.io/v1/applist without a prominent disclosure. Prior to the collection and transmission, it must prominently highlight how the user data will be used, describe the type of data being collected and have the user provide affirmative consent for such use.”
I read the forums and followed the instructions. I use expo
32.0.6 so the fix was as simple as building and re-deploying. The beta and alpha track have nothing on them:
After submitting the updated app without
Branch IO my application was accepted, only to be removed again a few days later. The play store was more vague this time:
“We’ve identified that your app is using an SDK or library that facilitates the collection and transmission of installed packages information without meeting the prominent disclosure guidelines.”
I did not find any usage of branch functionality within my own app, and to be absolutely sure I downloaded the apk from the play store and could not find any mention of
branch in the file. I appealed to the Google Play Store and received this response:
"During review, we found that your app is using an SDK(BranchIO SDK) or library that facilitates the collection and transmission of installed packages information without meeting the prominent disclosure guidelines.
If necessary, you can consult your SDK provider(s) for further information."
I am not sure how to proceed. Please let me know if there is any step that I have missed or any additional step I should take to resolve the issue.