tech2 News StaffMar 12, 2021 17:42:00 IST
In December 2020, Apple began requiring app developers to create a privacy label that lists all the data that their app gathers. Taking this move a step ahead, Apple has launched a searchable database of privacy labels of its own app. Apple’s privacy website now has a new ‘Labels’ section, which details how every in-house Apple application gathers user data. “Our privacy labels are designed to help you understand how apps handle your data, including apps we develop at Apple,” reads the web page with the privacy label database.
The privacy label for Apple apps isn’t exactly new. Earlier, the privacy labels for all these apps very available on their individual support pages, and now they are all curated together in one place.
Privacy labels are available for all applications across iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS and iPadOS. Apple has also put in labels for developer tools like Xcode and the App Store itself. For instance, the App Store collects your location data, identifiers, purchase details, search history, etc, the Clock app collects identifiers that are not linked to you. Meanwhile, the Messages app collects your contact info, your search history, and other identifiers linked to who you are.
With this, Apple emphasises that the privacy label of none of its app would have “Data Used to Track You”. Other developers are allowed to “track users” if they obtain permission from the user to do so. This is going to be mandatory under the App Tracking Transparency framework that will be enforced with iOS 14.5.