Apple’s App Store will make tracking data disclosure mandatory after December 8
Apple has asked iOS developers to provide details about the user data that their apps and app updates collect. Apple had first announced this mandatory requirement during the presentation of iOS 14 at WWDC earlier this year. Developers will need to provide information about the type of data they collect, and App Store listings will tag this information to help users understand an app’s privacy practices before downloading it on any Apple platform. While the iOS 14 release didn’t make these changes take effect, the “tags” are expected to appear on the App Store listings sometime later this year.
From Apple The developer site has been updated mention that developers will need to send data tracking information for new apps and app updates to the App store as of December 8. Once these tags are activated, each application’s product page will have information about “some of the types of data that the application can collect and whether that data is linked to or used to track it.”
“You will need to provide information about the privacy practices of your application, including the practices of third-party partners whose code you embed in your application, on App Store Connect. This information will be required [in order] send new applications and application updates to the App Store starting on December 8, 2020, ”the Cupertino giant warned developers.
There are no details on when exactly these tags will be posted on the App Store, but Apple mentions that the App Store will help users understand an app’s privacy practices “later this year.” Developers will need to answer questions about app privacy on App Store Connect. Developers will be presented with multiple options and will need to select the appropriate answers from there. Apple has asked iOS developers to disclose all data that “you or your third-party partners collect” and has duly advised them that they will be “responsible for keeping responses accurate and up to date.”
To further assist developers, Apple has mentioned some criteria where disclosure of data types is optional, and this is all mentioned in the Apple developer site.