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September 16, 2022

Four privacy requirements to expedite mobile app approvals


Product managers want to hit their roadmaps, but the outside world can throw up obstacles. Most are easily resolved, like bugs or redesign requests. But mobile app stores rejecting or delisting mobile apps can be a serious roadblock. For privacy lawyers, it’s an opportunity to show our friends in product that we can meaningfully unblock their work streams and add value.

Google and Apple both have their own requirements for apps’ disclosures on privacy, including the types of personal information ingested and the company’s purposes for processing that information. On the Apple store, apps must also disclose vendors and third parties.

There are a few things you should consider when you’re aiming to get your app on a platform. You’ve got to disclose how your app gets user consent before you process their personal information. Google and Apple will have different standards on that.

You’ll also want to make sure you’re obtaining “informed” consent, only obtain the necessary data, and incorporate tried and true data privacy frameworks into your app from the beginning.

For more on this, read our step-by-step guide to getting your mobile app approved on Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

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