Apple launched a new webpage that shows what data its own apps collect on you – Technology News, Firstpost
Tech2 News StaffMarch 12, 2021 5:42:00 PM IST
In December 2020, Apple began requiring app developers to create a privacy label listing all data collected by their app. Taking this step forward, Apple launched a searchable database of privacy labels for its own app. Apple’s privacy website now has a new “Tags” section, which details how each internal Apple app collects user data. “Our privacy labels are designed to help you understand how applications handle your data, including the applications we develop at Apple,” read the web page containing the database of privacy labels.
The privacy label for Apple apps isn’t exactly new. Previously, the privacy labels for all of these apps were widely available on their individual support pages, and now they’re all organized in one place.
Privacy labels are available for all apps on iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and iPadOS. Apple has also put labels for developer tools like Xcode and the App Store himself. For example, the App Store collects your location data, IDs, purchase details, search history, etc., on Clock app collects identifiers that are not related to you. Meanwhile, the messages app collects your contact details, search history and other identifiers related to who you are.
With this, Apple points out that the privacy label of none of its applications would have “Data used to track you”. Other developers are allowed to “follow users” if they get the user’s permission to do so. This will be mandatory as part of the application tracking transparency framework that will be applied with iOS 14.5.