Explained a company Apple believes that the mandatory privacy labeling program designed to maintain the privacy of applications will apply to all applications, whether they are from third-party developers, or are owned by Apple itself.
This came in response to the criticism leveled by the instant messaging service What’s Up – Owned by Facebook – to Apple that the program prefers Apple applications over third-party applications.
This means that Apple applications in the App Store will receive the same privacy stickers when the program is launched later this year, as if they were third-party applications.
For the few iOS apps not available on the App Store, such as Apple’s iMessage app – a major point of contention raised by WhatsApp – they will have the same privacy information, but they will be posted on the Apple website.
And thestated A report from Axios yesterday that WhatsApp responded to Apple about new privacy stickers for apps on the App Store.
WhatsApp criticized the move, saying it was unfair. Because it does not cover Apple’s messaging service (iMessage), which comes pre-installed on the company’s devices and is not found in the App Store.
“We believe that stickers should impose stickers on first and third-party applications alike, as well as reflect the strong measures that applications may take to protect people’s information,” WhatsApp said in a statement to Axios.
The WhatsApp service said: “Giving users easy-to-read privacy information is a good start.” Then, she added, “it is important for users to compare the privacy stickers of the applications they download with previously installed applications, such as: iMessage.”
Apple introduced a set of privacy features for the first time when it announced the iOS 14 operating system, but the concept of “food labels” aimed at increasing users ’privacy did not arrive when the new operating system was launched last September.
Similar to regular nutrition labels that are placed on foods that list ingredients and calorie content, these privacy “stickers” give users a better idea of what is happening inside the app before downloading it from the App Store for iOS or the App Store for computers (Mac).