Apple has updated its App Store Policy.. which asks the Developers to provide the Privacy Report for every app they publish. This change was enforced from December 7, but Google has not yet updated its suite of apps to adhere to the new policies.
Since December 8, all developers must complete a privacy report containing all the information each iOS app has access to about personal data, such as location, browsing history, contacts, images, and more.
As first noted by Fast Company, the day before Apple began implementing its latest App Store guidelines, Google stopped releasing updates to its iOS software. As a result, the latest privacy report is not available for any of Google’s iOS applications.
While the original article indicated that the company ignored the App Store’s privacy labels, Google has now confirmed to TechCrunch that its iOS applications will be updated with such details as of this week. According to TechCrunch, most Google employees were off in late December because of the holidays, so this is why Google’s iOS apps have not been updated since then.
While it may seem Google is skirting Apple’s new rules, we must also be careful about reading too much into the update timing. A slowdown in December app updates isn’t unusual by any stretch. Reached for comment, a Google spokesperson confirmed the company has a plan to add privacy labels across its app catalog.
Google did not include an exact date for launching updates to its applications on the iOS App Store, but the company has confirmed that it will begin this week or next to provide the requested privacy report.