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WhatsApp is protesting Apple's requirement that developers submit information about what user data they collect to create new privacy labels on the App Store (via Axios).

WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, has accused Apple of anti-competitive behavior because iMessage is preinstalled on iPhones and does not need to be downloaded from the App Store, where the new privacy labels will be shown.

"We think labels should be consistent across first and third party apps as well as reflect the strong measures apps may take to protect people's private information," a WhatsApp spokesperson told Axios. "While providing people with easy to read information is a good start, we believe it's important people can compare these 'privacy nutrition' labels from apps they download with apps that come pre-installed, like iMessage."

Apple has tried to streamline the privacy labels into broad terms such as "financial information" or "user content" to describe the kind of data that apps collect. WhatsApp says that these terms may worry users about the data WhatsApp collects, giving it a competitive disadvantage.

WhatsApp submitted the required information to Apple on Monday, but said in a blog post that "Apple's template does not shed light on the lengths apps may go to protect sensitive information." The spokesperson told Axios, "while WhatsApp cannot see people's messages or precise location, we're stuck using the same broad labels with apps that do."

Apple's privacy "nutrition labels" are part of a wider privacy effort following its iOS 14 update in September. The various updates, such as limits to app tracking, have attracted major criticism from Facebook and there is significant ongoing diasgreement between the companies.

The deadline for developers to submit the required privacy information about their apps was yesterday. It is unknown when exactly the privacy labels will begin appearing in the App Store, but now that the deadline for submissions has passed, they will likely be added soon.

Article Link: WhatsApp Protests Apple's App Store Privacy Requirements
 
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Admiral911

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All Apple need to do is publish the privacy labels for their own apps. Which they should be doing as they require it of others. I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen when it all goes live.
Www.Apple.com/Privacy

Messages​

From inside jokes to invitations, a lot of life happens in text and video chats. Every blue-bubble message, picture, Animoji, and video is encrypted while being sent between devices.
Smart suggestions in Messages, like pulling up photos to send based on who you’re messaging, are all done on your device.

sounds like they don’t collect anything.
 

Janschi

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I agree with WhatsApp here.

Apple, if you're going to force everyone to expose their dirty laundry, you should be the first in line.
Are u aware that this feature isn’t live yet and Apple Apps most likely will have labels too, if they collect data.
Facebook is a piece of **** for trying to hide the fact that they use the user data to push ads in their other apps
 

bchah

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One of the first things you do when setting up an iPhone is go through an extensive review of the privacy policy, and you're given the option to turn all sorts of things on and off. Are WhatsApp suggesting Apple needs to show this information a *second* time, when iMessage is opened? Holds no water.
 

luvbug

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As much as I consider anything FB evil, Apple should supply labels for all the Apple apps, too, although they may already intend to do that. Side-by_side app comparisons of all apps in the Apple ecosystem is a must, to me. As far as the FB complaint about "broad categories", who said they can't supply additional information to consumers?
 

chucker23n1

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"While providing people with easy to read information is a good start, we believe it's important people can compare these 'privacy nutrition' labels from apps they download with apps that come pre-installed, like iMessage."

Fair.

Right now, you can't actually see Messages in the App Store, because it's not a removable app. Maybe Apple should just add it to the App Store anyway (even if you can't ever not have it installed), just so there's a single consistent way to see an app's privacy info.

That said…

WhatsApp says that these terms may worry users about the data WhatsApp collects, giving it a competitive disadvantage.

No. The competitive disadvantage stems from the reality that WhatsApp is a bigger threat to your privacy than iMessage.

For example, iMessage never asks you to upload all your contacts. I don't know if WhatsApp still does, but for a long time, it did.

(I wish Apple let us specify folders within the Contacts app and only allow those for an app.)
 

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All Apple need to do is publish the privacy labels for their own apps. Which they should be doing as they require it of others. I wouldn't be surprised to see that happen when it all goes live.
Apple would never do this. They don’t even allow reviews for first-party apps.
 
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Appleman3546

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It is weird that Apple doesn’t allow rating or privacy labels for its own apps. You would think that this privacy focused Apple company would want this feature to highlight themselves from their competitors, not shy away from their own double standard.
 
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