Apple launches webpage with privacy labels for its own apps

Apple introduced privacy labels to the App Store in December last year to provide users with a broad overview of the types of data apps collect.

Apple has updated its privacy website with a new “Labels” section that consolidates privacy labels for all of Apple’s internal apps in one place. This will make it easier for users to know how the Apple application manages the user’s personal data.

Sensitivity labels aren’t new though, Apple already had sensitivity labels for all of its apps since the feature launched last year, but they were all listed on their individual support pages. This new “Tags” section just makes it easy to see everything in one place and it’s also listed alphabetically.

Sensitivity Labels are available for Apple apps on iOS, macOS, watchOS, tvOS, and iPadOS, so some of the apps like GarageBand appear on the list more than once. Apple also put labels for developer tools like Xcode and also the App Store itself.

Apple pointed out that users won’t find any data under “Data used to track you” for any of its apps because they don’t track users and they hold themselves to a higher standard than other developers. Other developers are allowed to “track users” if granted permission through the App Tracking Transparency framework that will be enforced with iOS 14.5.

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Apple introduced privacy labels to the App Store in December last year to provide users with a broad overview of the types of data apps collect. These tags also inform users if this data can be used to track them or if it is linked in any way to their identity or device.

These privacy labels appear in App Store listings for third-party apps and also downloadable Apple apps like Apple Podcasts, etc. Built-in apps that cannot be deleted, such as Messages, have privacy labels on Apple’s website.

Apple has issued a directive requiring developers to complete privacy labels when submitting new apps and app updates to the App Store since early December, however, these labels operate on an honor system. Apple said it conducts routine and ongoing audits of the information provided by these developers and apps and works with them to correct any inaccuracies. Non-compliant apps will eventually be removed from the App Store.

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