In the rules of the new App Store, all applications need a privacy policy

Last night when announcing developers via App Store Connect, Apple required that all new applications and updates contain links to developer's privacy policy in the application metadata. The new rules will come into force on October 3.

Even if the application is an ordinary utility that does not connect to the Internet, you need to host a website with a privacy policy page.

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In the App Store app list, the URL metadata field of the privacy policy existed for a long time. This is a required item for apps that use subscriptions, but this requirement applies to all apps in the store. Apple will not sell existing apps, but future updates will require the URL of the privacy policy to be set.

On the iPhone or iPad, you can tap the link to the privacy policy and read it in Safari. Because tvOS does not have a web browser, developers have to copy and paste their privacy into a text box when submitting their app, so Apple TV can display it.

Apple stated that the privacy policy needs to specify the data the application collects, its method and usage. Application developers are also required to verify that the behavior of the embedded third party framework complies with the parent application's privacy policy. Apple also says that the app needs to explain the data retention policy clearly and explain in detail how users can revoke consent of stored personal data and request deletion.

It is not yet known whether Apple will bring out apps that are found to be in violation of the privacy policy. Receiving a scandal like Cambridge Analytica, the practice of data sharing of "app" has been reviewed in recent months in recent months.

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