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Apple: is Google avoiding the privacy labels for iOS? That's behind the rumors

Apple: is Google avoiding the privacy labels for iOS? That's behind the rumors

Apple: is Google avoiding the privacy labels for iOS


On December 8th, Apple tightened the data protection requirements for iOS apps in the App Store, but according to rumors, Google should have avoided it. We reveal what's behind it.

  • Apple tightened the data protection requirements for apps in the App Store on December 8th.
  • Rumor has it that Google purposely made updates without the new guidelines on December 7th.
  • These speculations are probably not true.

At the end of November, the US company Apple announced that app developers for iOS had to send a data protection report to Apple . This must contain information on whether sensitive data such as location information, contacts, photos or browser history are read out and processed by an app. The new requirements apply in the sense of Apple's new awards ("labels") for privacy.

The change came into force on December 8, 2020, the last updates of Google apps were released on December 7, 2020, according to rumors. According to them, Google had planned this step in order to consciously oppose the changes made by Apple, as the technology blog TechCrunch reports.

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However, this is probably not the case. In fact, since December 8th, Google has updated apps (Google Slides, Socratic) again, writes TechCrunch. They haven't received any labels, but that doesn't look like a conscious withholding.


A Google spokesman has also confirmed that Google apps will receive appropriate labels in the next few weeks. This official announcement should also "take the wind out of the sails" of the rumors mentioned above.

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