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App Store rule for easier app account, data deletion kicks off from June 30

Apple reminded developers that apps supporting account creation must let users initiate the process of deleting their account, along with personal data, within the app, starting on June 30. File picture: Shawn Thew EPA

Apple reminded developers that apps supporting account creation must let users initiate the process of deleting their account, along with personal data, within the app, starting on June 30. File picture: Shawn Thew EPA

Published May 26, 2022

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New Delhi - Apple reminded developers that apps supporting account creation must let users initiate the process of deleting their account, along with personal data, within the app starting on June 30.

Apple offering paid online group services will also have to use Apple's in-app payments from June 30.

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The tech company, which just announced kicking off its flagship developers conference, “Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022”, from June 6, said in an update that account deletion requirement starts from June 30, as described in App Store review guidelines.

“This deadline was extended to provide additional time for implementation of this requirement,” Apple said late on Monday.

“The account deletion option should be easy to find in your app. If your app offers Sign in with Apple, you'll need to use the Sign in with Apple REST API to revoke user tokens when deleting an account,” the company informed developers.

“It's insufficient to only provide the ability to temporarily disable or deactivate an account. People should be able to delete the account, along with their personal data,” Apple emphasised.

Apps in highly-regulated industries may provide additional customer service flows to confirm and facilitate the account deletion process.

In January, Apple pushed the deadline for both App Store changes to June 30, saying it would provide developers more time to update their apps.

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Meanwhile, Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) will kick off from June 6, for more than 30 million Apple developers around the globe.

WWDC 2022 helps developers and designers explore the latest technologies, tools, and frameworks coming to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS.

Throughout the week, developers will be able to connect directly with Apple engineers and designers, through labs and Digital Lounges, for guidance on building innovative and platform-differentiating apps and games.

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