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Though Google has promised to update its suite of apps with App Privacy labels to comply with App Store rules that Apple began enforcing in December, many of its major apps have gone months without an update and still list no privacy information.

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It's been so long since Google last updated the Gmail app, in fact, that Gmail now displays a warning that the latest security features are unavailable. As discovered by Techmeme editor Spencer Dailey, when you go to log into a new account in the Gmail app for iOS, it gives a warning that you should update and suggests that you only continue with the sign in "if you understand the risks."

Unfortunately, there is no update available for the Gmail app. Version 6.0.201115 of the Gmail app is the only available version of Gmail on the iPhone and iPad, and it hasn't been updated since December 1.

Google on January 5 claimed that it would be adding privacy data to its app catalog "this week or next week," but by January 20, most apps still had not been updated with the App Privacy labels.

Google has since quietly been adding labels to apps like YouTube, but major apps like Gmail, Google Search, Google Photos, Google Maps, and others still do not have privacy details. Even in apps that have gained with labels, there have been no feature or security updates for the most part.

It continues to be unclear why Google is taking so long to add App Privacy labels to its iOS apps, and there's no word yet on when Gmail will get an update. Google has been regularly updating its Android apps, and the last update for the Android Gmail app was released on February 9.

There has been speculation that Google is hesitant to provide the privacy label data because of the negative feedback that other companies like Facebook have received, but there's still no confirmed explanation. Dailey suggests in his blog post on the issue that Google's delay could perhaps be due to behind the scenes efforts to overhaul some of its data collection methods, and if there is indeed tweaking like that going on, it would explain why many of the main apps have yet to be updated.


App Privacy labels have been required since iOS 14.3 and are designed to provide customers with details about what data an app collects from them so they can make an informed choice when opting to install an app. App developers are required to self-report privacy information in the ‌App Store‌, and developers must identify all data collection and use cases.

Update: Google has pushed a server side update that removes the out of date warning when attempting to sign into a new account in the Gmail app.

Article Link: Gmail iOS App Has Out of Date Warning After 2 Months of No Updates as Google Delays Privacy Labels [Updated]
 
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Scipster

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Big lol. How long did Google have to prepare? It's not like they were blindsided by the iOS 14.5 privacy updates. They could have removed this warning from the last version prior to the privacy changes, at the very least!

Might consider going back to the native mail app after this!
 

MrTechAdvice

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People are reading too much into this, they simply have not had anything to update on the iOS side, thus no update for a few months, take off your tin foil hats people. /s
no-no-no. GO back and check how often they update their apps. This became an issue when Apple told them to show privacy during the times they did update the app. This isn't blown out of proportion, this is actually a situation.
 

jk1221

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no-no-no. GO back and check how often they update their apps. This became an issue when Apple told them to show privacy during the times they did update the app. This isn't blown out of proportion, this is actually a situation.

Agree. Look at the version history in the App Store. Before this updates were:

2 months ago (most recent)
2 months ago
3 months ago
3 months ago
4 months ago
4 months ago
4 months ago
4 months ago
4 months ago
5 months ago
5 months ago
6 months ago
6 months ago
7 months ago
7 months ago

They updated twice a month or more. This is shady not wanting to disclose the app privacy sheet.
 
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jhollington

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They had 6 months to prepare. No excuse.
They also had two years to prepare for the removal of Kernel Extensions in macOS Big Sur, and yet Google Drive File Stream is one of the few major apps from any company that is completely incompatible with M1 Macs, which has sent enterprise customers either returning their M1 Macs or scrambling for alternative solutions...

And don't even get me started on picture-in-picture support in the YouTube app or split screen support in the Gmail iPad app...
 

KanosWRX

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Not everyone likes the Apple Tax, or can afford it. I for one love my iPhone but love my Google apps as well. Nothing comes close to Google Photos, Google Maps and others honestly. So they use some of my data to help advertisers send me better ads.. oh darn.. that's the cost of their products I am fine with it and willingly pay that, if you don't like it, there are tons of other options, no one has a monopoly imo as long as you have options to switch apps (cough apple). Anyone who thinks anything on the internet is truly free is delusional or doing something illegal. Should apple be clear about what data it collects yes, I think that's fair.. but I am also ok with them taking their time to probably get some things in order before releasing their latest update to meet Apples requirements as well.
 

EmotionalSnow

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They also had two years to prepare for the removal of Kernel Extensions in macOS Big Sur, and yet Google Drive File Stream is one of the few major apps from any company that is completely incompatible with M1 Macs, which has sent enterprise customers either returning their M1 Macs or scrambling for alternative solutions...

And don't even get me started on picture-in-picture support in the YouTube app or split screen support in the Gmail iPad app...
With a business culture like that I am surprised anybody actually wants to work together with Google.
 

MacinMan

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Not everyone likes the Apple Tax, or can afford it. I for one love my iPhone but love my Google apps as well. Nothing comes close to Google Photos, Google Maps and others honestly. So they use some of my data to help advertisers send me better ads.. oh darn.. that's the cost of their products I am fine with it and willingly pay that, if you don't like it, there are tons of other options, no one has a monopoly imo as long as you have options to switch apps (cough apple). Anyone who thinks anything on the internet is truly free is delusional or doing something illegal. Should apple be clear about what data it collects yes, I think that's fair.. but I am also ok with them taking their time to probably get some things in order before releasing their latest update to meet Apples requirements as well.
I thought Google had come to terms with the new Apple requirements and were updating their apps accordingly. I remember reading something here a while back about them updating the SDK to better comply. Maybe I have my information crossed, and if I do please correct me. That was just the impression I had gotten.
 

Arbuthnott

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Though Google has promised to update its suite of apps with App Privacy labels to comply with App Store rules that Apple began enforcing in December, many of its major apps have gone months without an update and still list no privacy information.
Article Link: Gmail iOS App Has Out of Date Warning After 2 Months of No Updates as Google Delays Privacy Labels
This tends to confirm the worst suspicions about what Google is managing to collect from users. Otherwise why not comply.

I already minimise my use of Google services where I can. I’m going to try doing that harder, and presumably the market will also be responding too.
 

Arbuthnott

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Not everyone likes the Apple Tax, or can afford it. I for one love my iPhone but love my Google apps as well. Nothing comes close to Google Photos, Google Maps and others honestly. So they use some of my data to help advertisers send me better ads.. oh darn.. that's the cost of their products I am fine with it and willingly pay that, if you don't like it, there are tons of other options, no one has a monopoly imo as long as you have options to switch apps (cough apple). Anyone who thinks anything on the internet is truly free is delusional or doing something illegal. Should apple be clear about what data it collects yes, I think that's fair.. but I am also ok with them taking their time to probably get some things in order before releasing their latest update to meet Apples requirements as well.
I am left wondering what “some of my data” means. Remember Brexit and Trump. Big Data based on this harvesting is being used to do more than sell you more colourful socks.
 

charlesdayton

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"It continues to be unclear why Google is taking so long to add App Privacy labels to its iOS apps"

Because of how long these list are?
 

jk1221

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I am left wondering what “some of my data” means. Remember Brexit and Trump. Big Data based on this harvesting is being used to do more than sell you more colourful socks.

Gmail, 1 billion active monthly users worldwide. Outlook, more than 400 million active users worldwide. Yahoo Mail, 225 million active monthly users.

In the US? 246 million monthly email users. 130.9 million Gmail, 42 million Yahoo, 34.5 million Outlook.com, 19.8 million AOL, 4.9 million iCloud, 2.5 million Comcast.

They all do it maybe minus Apple (we really don't know what they do with those). So basically 98% of consumer email used. 85% of email users in the US use those top 3. The issue is no one is willing to pay for email to get junk. And even then, like paying for Comcast service, they STILL mine your data.

Google is not unique here. That's distorting reality a bit with the big bad Google as if most major companies don't do the same. It's also a tradeoff for a good product.

Without getting into a complex privacy debate, there is simply nowhere to go except something like Proton or other niche services; which cost money to basically be spammed.

People simply are not going to top using Gmail over a privacy label; the bulk or regular people will never even read it.
 
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