Apple finally forces mobile developers to easily delete app accounts

Apple cracks down on apps that can’t easily delete accounts and data when they finally want to shut down their services.

Starting June 30th, the company will enforce a policy that requires apps that offer signup (or how to create an account) functionality to allow users to delete their account through that interface.

Here’s what the company is saying. Developer Guidelines:

If your app supports account creation, you must also provide account deletion within the app. Apps may not require users to enter personal information in order to function, unless directly related to the core functionality of the App or required by law.

If the core app functionality is not associated with a particular social network (eg Facebook, WeChat, Weibo, Twitter, etc.), access must be provided without login or through some other mechanism.

Apple first introduced this change last year at the World Developers Conference (WWDC) as part of revisions to its App Store review guidelines. We have set a deadline for developers to tweak their apps on January 31, 2022.

However, a few days before the deadline, Apple said it was extending the schedule to June 30, 2022, to give developers more time to make changes.

Specifically, app creators cannot allow temporary deactivation options. The company said it should “delete the entire account record along with the relevant personal data”.

iPhone manufacturers have also specified that developers should keep users informed if the account deletion process takes time.

This is a positive move from Apple to make it easy for users to delete their accounts. This process is sometimes cumbersome, such as calling customer service or sending multiple emails. Hopefully, other app stores will follow this practice.

For more information on account deletion instructions, see Apple’s developer website.

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