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Google plans to update iOS apps with privacy labels soon



Earlier today, Fast company shared an article, noting that Google has not yet updated its iPhone and iPad apps to bring them in line with Apple’s new Privacy Policy for the App Store. Fast company speculated that Google may try to delay disclosing the privacy label data, but it turns out that is not the case.

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According to a report from TechCrunch, Google does not comment on Apple’s privacy labels and actually plans to add the privacy data to the iOS app directory as soon as this week or next week.

Apple implemented App Privacy information in iOS 14.3, after promising the feature when iOS 14 was first announced. App Privacy Labels give customers a way to find out what data an app collects about them before they choose to install it.

Apple requires all apps to self-report privacy information in the ‌App Store‌, and developers must identify all data collection and use cases. Labels are divided into categories, including data used to track you, data related to you and data not related to you, indicating that it is anonymised.

There has been some negativity associated with App Privacy, as Facebook was called out to have a long label due to the amount of data it collects, and it is quite possible that Google will have similar privacy labels.

On December 8, all app updates submitted must include privacy label information, and most Google apps designed for iOS devices have not seen updates since before December 7. It’s not clear why Google has delayed updating its iOS apps after updating Android apps, but that may be due to the holiday season. Google is implementing a code freeze from late December to early January, which TechCrunch suggests may be the reason behind the lack of iOS updates.


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