Apple Reminds Developers About June 30 Deadline for In-App Account Deletion Requirement - world cultures

Apple Reminds Developers About June 30 Deadline for In-App Account Deletion Requirement


During last year’s WWDC event, Apple announced a change to its App Store guidelines that require all apps that support account creation to offer an in-app option to allow users to delete their account. On Tuesday, the Cupertino giant began reminding developers of new App Store guidelines that will take effect on June 30. 5.1.1 App Store Review Guidelines are intended to give users more control over their data. The change was previously set to take effect on January 31. In addition, a separate App Store rule requiring apps that offer paid online group services to do so via in-app purchase will also go into effect on June 30.

Through a statement on the developer forum, Apple reminded developers that apps that support account creation must allow users to start deleting their in-app accounts starting June 30 this year. The changes, which are detailed in App Store Review Guidelines v5.1.1, were initially announced during Apple’s WWDC 2021.

Developers must meet specific criteria while updating their apps. The option to delete the account should be easy to find in the app, Apple notes. Apart from deactivating the account, the apps should allow users to delete their account along with their personal data.

If apps offer to sign in with Apple, developers will have to revoke user tokens while deleting the account. Apps in highly regulated industries may provide additional customer service flows to confirm account deletion as well. Developers are also required to follow relevant legal requirements for storing and retaining user account information.

Separately, an App Store rule requiring apps that offer paid online group services to do so via Apple’s in-app purchase will also go into effect on June 30.

The requirement for developers to provide an in-app account deletion mechanism was previously set to become effective by January 31, 2022. However, the company has extended this step to allow more time for developers.


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