Yesterday was the big day for iDevice owners. iOS 8 was rolled out to devices across the globe.
A couple of weeks back I had already written about the implications iOS brings in the privacy realm. Apple has done some homework on privacy at large. Also, if you are a developer, do check out this presentation about "User Privacy on iOS and OS X" by members of the product security and privacy team. So what exactly are those changes I am talking about in terms of privacy policies?
In a nutshell iOS 8 was confirmed to incorporate requirements for privacy policies across the spectrum. This is what the aforementioned documentation says:
Important for all apps to have one, required for some app categories
• Apps that link against HealthKit
• Apps that link against HomeKit
• Third party keyboards
Updated App Store Review Guidelines
So today, on iOS 8 day two, I am double checking the updates in the App Store Review Guidelines for you. And in it you can find the following rules for your privacy (policy):
3.12 (Metadata (name, descriptions, ratings, rankings, etc.))
Apps cannot transmit data about a user without obtaining the user's prior permission and providing the user with access to information about how and where the data will be used
Apps that require users to share personal information, such as email address and date of birth, in order to function will be rejected
Apps may ask for date of birth (or use other age-gating mechanisms) only for the purpose of complying with applicable children's privacy statutes, but must include some useful functionality or entertainment value regardless of the user's age
24.1 (Kids Category)
25.7 (Keyboard Extensions)
29.4 (Apple Pay)
Since you're here...
You should probably read:
- it gives you a link to add to the App Store;
- our policies are being updated automagically;
- our policies are being upkept in 6 languages to date and written by lawyers;