Apple To Monitor Third Party Developers for Privacy Protection

In the light of Apple’s recent declaration to the US Congress that customer privacy is a ‘human right’, Apple will be ensuring that all third-party apps, both new and updates ones, should add a link to the app developer’s privacy policy.

Until this point, only subscription-based apps were expected to supply the privacy policy. Now, though, starting October 3, 2018, Apple will insist on explicit explanations of the policy, including information on what data is collected by the app, how it is collected, what happens to the collected data, how can users demand their data to be deleted.

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In the light of Apple’s recent declaration to the US Congress that customer privacy is a ‘human right’, Apple will be ensuring that all third-party apps, both new and updates ones, should add a link to the app developer’s privacy policy.

Until this point, only subscription-based apps were expected to supply the privacy policy. Now, though, starting October 3, 2018, Apple will insist on explicit explanations of the policy, including information on what data is collected by the app, how it is collected, what happens to the collected data, how can users demand their data to be deleted.

The weakest link within the entire scene of cybersecurity is always the user. According to Tim Cook, “We’ve never believed that these detailed profiles of people, that have incredibly deep personal information that is patched together from several sources, should exist.”

Apple has always claimed to be privacy-secure but they have taken some heat as critics have pointed out that their third party developers could be less vigilant.

This has led to the company emphasizing privacy protection by third party developers. This, in turn, could have interesting and severe consequences, as developers without ethical professional commitments would now be under surveillance.

Users’ personal data will now hopefully be in safer hands as Apple has taken the following steps:

  • Customers can now check all data that Apple has on them
  • A new Data & Privacy screen clearly states how Apple uses the user data.
  • In macOS Mojave, the tracking code will be blocked in comment threads or social media like buttons.
  • Safari can no longer track users without permission via Share buttons and comment widgets on web pages.
  • Safari now prevents “fingerprinting,” that earlier allowed data companies to determine follow users online.
  • Safari also automatically creates, autofills and stores strong passwords even letting the user know when you are reusing passwords on different sites and services.
  • User permission is essential for new data protection apps for accessing personal data like user Mail history and Messages database.
  • Apple has made it harder to hack into iOS devices using the USB port.
  • Third-party password managers have been introduced.
  • Apple has introduced an extensive privacy governance structure.

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