Post WWDC 2016 something remarkable happened, which is why here’s a dedicated post about these changes. Apple has changed their App Store Review Guidelines completely and the relevant parts about privacy policies has also seen some consolidation (link to the updated App Store Review Guidelines).
Previously, there were 30 sections going into various topics, now the load has been reduced to 5 sections containing 6000 words+. If you’re interested you find the previous slight changes in this nice tool called AppStoreReviewGuidelinesHistory, by the way.
You will also find the old statements taken from the old App Store Review Guidelines regarding privacy policies posted at the bottom of this post, just in case you were curious.
5 sections in the new App Store Review Guidelines, one section for legal issues
The introduction now states:
The guiding principle of the App Store is simple – we want to provide a safe experience for users to get apps and a great opportunity for all developers to be successful. We have updated the App Review Guidelines with that principle in mind. The guidelines themselves haven’t changed, but they are better organized and provide more context. On the following pages you will find guidelines arranged into five clear sections: Safety, Performance, Business, Design, and Legal.
And it’s true, while before there were rules in place about child privacy, now Apple is going out of their way to explain why these rules are there: “it is critical to use care when dealing with personal data from kids, and we encourage you to carefully review all the requirements for complying with laws like the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (“COPPA”) and any international equivalents“.
Privacy related questions can now be found under 5), the privacy section. We’re highlighting the most relevant parts:
Old App Store Review Guidelines statements:
- HomeKit: “Apps using the HomeKit framework must have a primary purpose of providing home automation services“