Apple Shares Details on Privacy 'Nutrition Labels' Coming to App Store

As part of iOS 14, Apple is introducing a new App Store feature that will provide privacy details for each app that you're downloading, which the company has said can be likened to a "nutrition label" for apps.

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In a new Developer Support document, Apple outlines the information that developers will need to provide on their ‌App Store‌ pages for customers. Apple is relying on developers to offer up their own privacy policies, and developers will need to start adding this information to ‌App Store‌ Connect starting in the fall.

Later this year, the App Store will help users understand an app's privacy practices before they download the app on any Apple platform. On each app's product page, users can learn about some of the data types the app may collect, and whether that data is linked to them or used to track them. You'll need to provide information about your app's privacy practices, including the practices of third-party partners whose code you integrate into your app, in App Store Connect starting this fall.

Apple says that developers will need to identify "all possible data collections and uses," providing a list of data types that will be shown in the ‌App Store‌ labeling.

Customers can expect to see details on all of the data collected by an app, ranging from name, email address, and address to payment info, location, contacts, and more. Apps will need to make it clear when they access photos, texts, browsing history, purchase history, and more, and whether advertising and diagnostic data is collected.

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Apps will need to disclose what the data collected is used for, such as first-party advertising, third-party advertising, analytics, app functionality, or product personalization, and whether data is linked to a user's account, device, or identity.

Developers are also required to understand and outline whether data collected is used for tracking users, aka providing data collected from the app with third parties for targeted advertising purposes.

More information on what developers will need to provide for their ‌App Store‌ listings can be found in Apple's developer document. This feature is expected to become available when iOS 14 launches to the public, though Apple does not appear to have given developers deadlines for when the information needs to be added to the ‌App Store‌.

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Top Rated Comments

mw360 Avatar
46 months ago
Facebook is going to need a bigger form.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Cosmosent Avatar
46 months ago
Fantastic, but LONG Overdue !

And, hoping AAPL has an option for us App Devs to specific "Collects NO User Data" & that it is prominently displayed to End Users !
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jaro65 Avatar
46 months ago
Thank you, Apple, for doing this. The privacy is one of the reasons I choose your products and services over those of others.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Expos of 1969 Avatar
46 months ago

Apple is taking this privacy really seriously now as always. Thanks alot FACEBOOK.
"... now as always" doesn't quite make sense.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BWhaler Avatar
46 months ago
This is simply wonderful. Thank you Apple.

Facebook et al. run serious risk of massive fraud lawsuits if they lie about this. I hope Apple increases the amount of disclosures in future iOS updates too. Keep turning the screws on these disgusting spyware companies.

I am so thankful to have Apple on our side. They make the best products and work hard to be good to the planet, so paying a premium is an easy decision.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
s66 Avatar
46 months ago

What's to prevent a developer from filling out the form incorrectly, and if they get caught, claiming ignorance because it was caused by a bug or that the person that filled the form made a mistake?
Look at EPIC to see what happens if a developer intentionally breaks the rules.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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