Tuesday, June 4, 2019 [Tweets] [Favorites]

Updates to the App Store Review Guidelines

Apple:

Guidelines 1.3 and 5.1.4. In order to help keep kids’ data private, apps in the kids category and apps intended for kids cannot include third-party advertising or analytics software and may not transmit data to third parties. This guideline is now enforced for new apps. Existing apps must follow this guideline by September 3, 2019.

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Guideline 4.2.7. Remote desktop clients now include game consoles owned by the user. Software appearing in the client must be fully executed on the host device.

Peter Steinberger:

„Guideline 5.1.1(vii) (New). Apps that compile information from any source that is not directly from the user or without the user’s explicit consent, even public databases, are not permitted on the App Store.“ What would that be?

JC:

GPDR, basically you need their consent but also you can’t gather information on that user from public sources I.e their public github profile. I’m sure open datasets like Wikipedia are fine

Previously:

Update (2019-06-06): See also: Hacker News.

Update (2019-06-10): Jacob Eiting:

There’s an updated Apple Developer Program agreement and the oppressive language around subscription paywalls has been backed way down.

Schedule 2 Section 3.8 (b) has been totally re-written to only require title, length, and price.

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The previous version required a ton of legalese on every paywall. This shouldn’t be required any longer.

Joe Cieplinski:

Tip for anyone with a subscription app: Submit a small bug fix soon, just to see if you get caught up in a rejection from a reviewer who doesn’t understand the new guidelines.

Not that I’m speaking from experience, or anything.

Previously: Acceptable Renewable Subscriptions Pitch Screens.

Update (2019-06-13): Rafał Kobyliński:

I believe min # of employees requirement is new: “To enroll in the Apple Developer Enterprise Program, your organization must be a legal entity with 100 or more employees.”

3 Comments

What exactly is 4.2.7 specifying? Is it talking about the steam app? I wonder what the second part is referring to.

> apps in the kids category and apps intended for kids cannot include third-party advertising or analytics software

That's good. Meanwhile, you can still have lootboxes in games aimed at kids, presumably because this is where Apple makes a huge chunk of its money nowadays.

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