Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy as of October 3

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Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy as of October 3

Apple will require all apps to have a privacy policy

Apple is breaking down on apps which don’t communicate to customers how their personal information is used, shared or secured. In an announcement posted through the App Store Connect portal to programmers, Apple claims that all apps, for example, those still in testing, will be asked to have a privacy policy as of October 3, 2018.

Allowing apps without privacy policies is something of an apparent hole that Apple must have plugged, given its generally protective character over user information. But the change is even more critical today that the GDPR regulations of Europe have gone into effect. Though the app makers themselves would be responsible for their customers‘ data, Apple since the stage has some responsibility here.


Platforms today are being held liable for the behavior of their apps, and the data manipulation that may happen as a consequence of their particular policies around those apps.

Apple’s brand new requirement, therefore, provides the company with a layer of security — any app that drops through the cracks going forward will be able to be held accountable using its privacy policy and the statements it contains.
Apple also notes that the privacy policy’s link or text cannot be changed until the programmer submits a new version of their app. It seems there is still a bit of loophole here, however — they could change what the page says at any time after their program is approved if programmers add a link pointing to an external webpage.

The new policy will probably be required for the majority of apps and program updates across the App Store as well as through the TestFlight testing stage on October 3, says Apple.

What is not clear is whether Apple itself will be reviewing all the privacy policies themselves within this shift, to reject apps with questionable data usage policies or consumer protections. Unless the business hires staff Should it, App Store review times could grow.

Apple has already taken a stance on programs it finds questionable, like Facebook’s data-sucking VPN program Onavo, that it kicked out of the App Store earlier this season. The plan had been live for years, and its App Store text did disclose the information it gathered was shared with Facebook. The simple fact that Apple only booted it seems to indicate that it will take a stance on programs that are designed to collect consumer data as one of their primary purposes.

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