Privacy Labels: Requested more information from Apple

The US House Committee on Energy and Commerce has sent a letter to Apple asking for more information on the process of verifying the privacy labels on the App Store.

According to he claims the Committee, app privacy labels can sometimes be misleading or blatantly wrong. One reporter, for example, using specialized software, found that about a third of apps that claimed not to collect data had an inaccurate label.

Apple requires developers to provide information about the data collected by each application, but the developers would send this information to an automated system without Apple verification. Apple, on the other hand, said that it regularly checks the information provided and works with developers to correct any inaccuracies

In fact, the Committee asks Apple to improve the validity of the labels so as to guarantee consumers the real significant information on the privacy side.

In detail, Apple was asked, among other things, to provide:

  • Details about the process by which the privacy information provided by the developers is verified and how often the verifications are conducted
  • How many controlled applications have provided inaccurate or misleading information

Apple has two weeks to process a response and provide all necessary data to the Chamber’s Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Source: iPhone Italia by www.iphoneitalia.com.

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