Apple Releases New App Store Review Guidelines with Updated Rules for Kids Apps, Gambling Apps

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines, revising several sections and introducing a number of new rules based on various policies that have been enacted over the last six months.

    Most notably, Apple has clarified its guidelines regarding apps for children in light of its upcoming educational policy changes and the expansion of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) earlier this year.

    COPPA's new rules prevent developers from collecting information from children under the age of 13 without verifiable parental consent. While developers were previously limited from collecting information like name, address, and telephone number, COPPA now restricts access to photographs, video, and audio as well.
    Apple has also created a whole new section on "Kids Apps" as it prepares to implement sweeping changes to its educational program with the introduction of iOS 7. As part of its efforts to increase iOS device usage in schools, Apple will allow children under age 13 to own and operate individual iTunes accounts for the first time.

    The new section detailing apps for children under aged 13 specifies that such apps must include a privacy policy, may not include behavioral advertising (ads based on in-app activity, for example), and must ask for parental permission before allowing children to "link out of the app or engage in commerce." Apps in the Kids Category of the App Store must be made specifically for children "ages 5 and under, ages 6-8, or ages 9-11."

    In addition to its guideline changes regarding children, Apple implemented two new guidelines that pertain to gambling. Apps that offer real money gaming are now required to be free and are forbidden from using in-app purchases to offer players credit or currency to use in such games.
    Apple has also introduced a new guideline that prevents apps "whose use may result in physical harm" and provided a slight wording change to guideline 2.25, which first made headlines earlier this year when it was cited in the rejection of prominent app discovery title AppGratis. Under the new terms, apps that mimic the App Store will not be rejected if they have been approved for a specific need.

    Registered iOS developers can access Apple's full range of App Store Review Guidelines from Apple's developer site.

    Article Link: Apple Releases New App Store Review Guidelines with Updated Rules for Kids Apps, Gambling Apps
  2. Krov7 macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2013
  3. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    Should be an improvement over the old system.
  4. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Inline with new rules regarding kids under 13...
  5. Squilly macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
    It's nice they're trying but I seriously don't see a point to all of this. Can't kids just lie about their age? Hell, I used to do this all the time.
  6. donutbagel macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    I wonder if apps like Temple Run that encourage users to buy points to stay alive or something will be banned like gambling apps that use IAPs to buy credit.
  7. AngerDanger, Aug 14, 2013
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    AngerDanger macrumors 68030


    Dec 9, 2008
    I wonder if my app, which requires users to bash their phones into their faces, will be rejected? C'mon, Apple! :mad:
  8. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
    They sure can and I sure did when I was <13.
  9. donutbagel macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    I always say that my birth year is 1960 and always have. January 1, 1960. Not all kids were born yesterday.
  10. notjustjay macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    They don't really care. They've done enough to cover their hineys legally by providing the mechanism to filter by age. The fact that you can lie about your age makes it your problem, not Apple's.
  11. newyorksole macrumors 68020

    Apr 2, 2008
    New York.
  12. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Sure they can. However I'd like to believe that many kids under 13 wouldn't immediately jump to that thought. (I'm sure I'd be surprised).

    I'd also like to think that there are other parents out there like me who set the devices up for their kids (especially the younger kids) and so the opportunity to lie about one's age is in the hands of the parents.

    When I set up my son's account, I obviously had to lie because he's under 13. But I will be changing that soon when these new policies take effect.
  13. iLilana macrumors 6502a


    May 5, 2003
    Alberta, Canada
    only time will tell

    Hoping it will make the system better but for some reason I predict a lot of whining and complaining.
  14. Pakaku macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2009
    I'm just wondering which apps were able to cause physical harm.
  15. pipa macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2008
    NYC, New York
    Am I the only one that caught this or did I read this wrong. I think apple just opened up real money gambling over iOS. If this is true I think we can maybe one day see a Full Tilt type of poker on our device.
  16. Jjaro macrumors regular


    May 29, 2009
    Yokosuka, Japan
    Which part do you mean? (Not flaming, genuinely curious!)

    Also, anyone think that this may mean that AppGratis will be able to come back into the App Store now?
  17. melevittfl macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2006
    Real money gambling apps have been allowed for a long time in jurisdictions where real money gambling over the Internet is legal.
  18. HiRez, Aug 14, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2013

    HiRez macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2004
    Western US
    What about games with Game Center voice chat? Does that mean devs have to bar <13 year olds from playing? Or disable voice chat just for that player? "or have the capability to share personal information" covers quite a lot.
  19. donutbagel macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    Seizure Flashing Lights Deluxe Pro? But someone with health problems could always look up the banned Pokémon episode on YouTube. Maybe also if someone made an ear-killer app, but again, I think this is possible on YouTube. I hope this doesn't turn into a classic American liability problem.
  20. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    I find it a bit odd that they haven't updated the guidelines to explicitly permit some of the things they've let slide for a while.
  21. Parasprite macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    I assume the app just wouldn't show up in the <13 year-old friendly App Stores, if those were part of the criteria for inclusion.
  22. Winni macrumors 68030


    Oct 15, 2008
    That only works in the American legal system, not in Europe.

    I'm amazed that Apple doesn't want a 30% share on real money gambling. Must be their Disney image. They're missing out on a lot of money there.
  23. macs4nw macrumors 68040


    The cat is already out of the bag, and Apple is a latecomer to that party. They probably would, if they could.....
  24. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    Maybe that's where the fingerprint sensor comes in. Maybe it will connect to some giant database and actually confirm age based on birth records. See, PRISM is there to protect us :D
  25. iMacBooked macrumors 6502a


    Jul 19, 2013
    4 8 15 16 23 42 ✈ Country: Belgium
    That's exactly what I was thinking too! Indeed weird.

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