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Compliance for App Developers

App developer? Here’s everything you need to understand and get started with compliance

What you’ll need (and when you’ll need it)

Why? Under most countries’ laws it’s mandatory that you disclose details related to privacy and your data processing activities. Failure to do so can result in massive fines, app store/marketplace rejection, leave you open to litigation and negatively affect the credibility of your website or app.

When do you need it? Whenever processing personal data in any way (even ip addresses can be considered personal data).


Platform-specific guides


Why? Many app developers use cookies either in-app or via the app website for everything from usage statistics to remarketing ads.

When do you need it? If you use cookies and you have EU-based users, you’re required by both by law and by law-abiding third-parties such as Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook etc. to comply with legal requirements – in this case Cookie Law. This generally means having valid cookie policy and cookie management solution in place.


CMS Plugins
These plugins allow you to set up quickly on the post popular platforms and automate much of the prior blocking process

WordPress Plugin Guide | Magento Guide | Joomla! Guide | PrestaShop Guide | PHP class Guide.
Drupal users, you can access the class via direct download or Packagist, and find full instructions in the PHP class guide linked above.


Why? The GDPR requires that you keep and maintain valid records of consent if processing user data based on consent. Without these records, the consent you collect is considered invalid.

When do you need it? When processing the personal data of EU-based users on the legal basis of Consent. Typical examples of this include collecting personal data via forms for newsletters, email lists, subscriptions etc. This does not typically apply to consent for cookies as cookies are still largely governed by the ePrivacy Regulation (Cookie Law).


Note: GDPR requirements also apply if your base of operations is in the EU or if you simply offer goods or services to EU-based persons, even if that offer is free. Read more here.



Why? The GDPR requires that you keep and maintain valid records of processing if processing the personal data of EU-based persons. Without these records, your processing activities would be in violation of the law.

When do you need it? If you fall under the scope of the GDPR and your processing activities are not occasional, could result in a risk to the rights or freedoms of others, involves sensitive data or if you have more than 250 employees — in short, it’s almost always required.



Special Considerations

Planning to send emails or newsletters? Read this:

Target children or minors? Read this:

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