User Privacy & Data Protection Standards in new Apple iPhone, iPad and Mac Operating Systems

I had been planning for a long time but never implemented Google Analytics for my Apple iOS Apps to get accurate data about my app usage. I thought it was more work to implement analytics in the app with a framework using cocoa-pods, which would, in a way, slow down my app performance.

But with the news that Apple is taking privacy and data collection seriously, with online ads for Safari Browser on Mac and system-wide privacy settings on Apple iOS 14 for iPhone, I am happy that I never implemented a third-party analytics framework or added an ad network to generate revenue from my apps. My apps are already paid, and I don’t want to mess up user experience with impromptu in-app advertisements.

Apple has just started new report card settings for app developers to declare they collect data or have implemented an ad network in their app. This way, users can know firsthand what the app does or collects data using analytics or by displaying ads.

Government organisations are increasingly banning malicious apps/games while introducing new rules and regulations country-wide and internationally.

So, as a developer, I don’t want to mess up with this. I am on the safer side, and I hope my app users are, too.

However, I am happy that Apple Developer Connect provides me with default app usage analytics so that users can opt out of the operating system’s settings app.

Thanks & Regards
Mandar Apte

Published by Mandar Apte

Mandar is a Mumbai-based multi-disciplinary designer with UX/UI, Logo, Symbol, and Brand Identity design expertise. He currently runs his Mudrkashar Linguistic Apple iPhone, iPad, and Mac app business in the heart of Mumbai city.

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