Apple Reminds Developers That Apps Offering Account Creation Need to Add Account Deletion by June 30

Apple today reminded developers that all apps that support account creation need to have functionality for account deletion starting on June 30, 2022. That means if an app allows a person to sign up for an account, there must be an in-app way to delete said account later on.

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The account deletion rule was implemented as part of App Store changes that were introduced in June 2021, and Apple initially planned to require developers to support account deletion by January 31, 2022. That deadline has now been pushed back to give developers more time to make changes, and the rule will officially be enforced at the end of June.

According to Apple's guidelines, apps must make it easy for users to find the account deletion option, and it is insufficient for an app to offer to temporarily disable or deactivate an account. An account must be able to be deleted, along with all personal data.

Apple says that some apps in highly regulated industries can use customer service flows for confirming the account deletion, but apps outside of those industries should not require people to make a call, send an email, or otherwise jump through hoops to delete an account.

Developers can find more information about the account deletion requirements on Apple's website.

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Top Rated Comments

Keymaster Avatar
28 months ago
This is an example of what Apple does right, they think about the privacy and needs of users for details like this. It's not all the time, no company is perfect, but this is a step above pretty much any competitor. The requirement to delete all personal data is an important touch, I have no idea how many websites out there have my personal data stored on them, just waiting for someone to use it for their own (nefarious?) ends.
Score: 18 Votes (Like | Disagree)
scheinderrob Avatar
28 months ago
for all the criticism i have of apple, i love things like this.


Wouldn't that reduce LinkedIn to 37 accounts?
you misspelled twitter
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
28 months ago
The New York Times was such a blatant example the reason this rule exists. A few years ago I subscribed to the NYT. Then I realized I wasn't reading it much so I decided to end the subscription.

There is literally no way to do so on the website. You have to call in and speak to a person!

Kudos to Apple for this.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
28 months ago
Wouldn't that reduce LinkedIn to 37 accounts?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
4jasontv Avatar
28 months ago

for all the criticism i have of apple, i love things like this.



you misspelled twitter
Is twitter hard to quit? LinkedIn is like herpes. You can't get rid of it. The best you can hope for is to live with it.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
winxmac Avatar
28 months ago

for all the criticism i have of apple, i love things like this.



you misspelled twitter
You forgot Facebook and Instagram and WhatsApp...
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)