Allowing apps privacy policies is a kind of an obvious hole that Apple should have plugged long before, citing its by and large protective nature over user data. The change gets all the more critical as the European Union’s GDPR regulations have already gone into effect.
Although the app makers themselves will be held as ultimately responsible for the mishandling of the customer’s data, Apple, as the platform where those apps are compered, has an equal responsibility too.
Platforms too are being held liable for the data misuse that may take place as a result of their own lax policies regarding those apps and the behavior of these apps.
For instance, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was trawled before the U.S. Senate regarding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where Facebook apps inappropriately obtained personal data of 87 million Facebook users.
Apple says, “The new policy will be required for all apps and app updates across the App Store as well as through the TestFlight testing platform as of October 3.”
Prior to this, Apple has already taken a stand against the apps that it finds questionable, for instance, Facebook’s data extracting VPN app Onavo, which got kicked out of the App Store earlier in August. The app had been live for ages, nonetheless, Onavo’s App Store text confirmed the data disclosure with Facebook. The verity that Apple only struck it tends to indicate that it will take a strict measurement against apps that are designed to extract user data a part of their primary function to move ahead.