Dec 14, 2020
Apple forces apps to display what they do with data
Apps on all of Apple's app stores will now have to show much more detail about what data they collect and what it is used for. Location and contact information were two examples of data that app developers might take in order to track users and their activities, the firm said. Apps will also have to state whether they collect data from other apps and websites the user has visited in order to target advertising, and what data they share with any third parties such as ad networks. Ultimately if the user is uncomfortable with the data activity of an app they will not be able to opt out - but they can decide not to download it. "All the data privacy experts and lawyers will say it's a step in the right direction, and it is, but what does this change for the user?" said independent researcher Dr Stephanie Hare.
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