Apple updates App Guidelines with eye on children's privacy
The latest changes to the App Review Guidelines caution against collecting certain information from kids.
Apple has tweaked its guidelines for app developers to emphasize the latest rules regarding children's privacy.
In the past, COPPA prevented developers from gathering the names, addresses, and phone numbers of children under 13 without parental consent. Since the start of the year, those restrictions have extended to photographs, videos, and audios as well.
The specific guidelines now read as follows, according to MacRumors:
17.3 Apps may ask for date of birth (or use other age-gating mechanisms) only for the purpose of complying with applicable children's privacy statutes, but must include some useful functionality or entertainment value regardless of the user's age
17.4 Apps that collect, transmit, or have the capability to share personal information (e.g. name, address, email, location, photos, videos, drawings, persistent identifiers, the ability to chat, or other personal data) from a minor must comply with applicable children's privacy statutes.
As part of its new emphasis on the educational market, Apple also updated its guidelines with a new section known as "Kids Apps," MacRumors added.