USA: AGs urge Apple to address privacy gaps in third-party apps available on App Store
A coalition of the Attorneys General ('AGs') of New Jersey, California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, Massachusetts, Vermont, North Carolina, and Washington, on 21 November 2022, sent a letter to Apple, Inc. expressing their concerns about the privacy gaps in third-party apps available on the App Store, which track, collect, or store reproductive health data. In particular, in their letter, the AGs ask Apple to ensure that the apps on its App Store meet the privacy standards that are necessary for protecting consumers against the misuse of private reproductive health data.
Notably, the AGs urged Apple to require app developers to either certify to Apple or affirmatively represent in their privacy policies that they will take the following measures:
- to delete data not essential for the use of the app, and any other related data of consumers who may be seeking, accessing, or helping to provide reproductive healthcare;
- to provide clear and conspicuous notices regarding the potential for App Store apps to disclose to third parties user data related to reproductive healthcare, and require that apps do so only when required by a valid subpoena, search warrant, or court order; and
- for App Store apps that collect consumers' reproductive health data or that sync with user health data stored on Apple devices, to implement at least the same privacy and security standards as Apple with regards to that data.
You can read the letter here.