On iOS, it’s going to get easier to rid yourself of an app and the user account to which it’s tied. Apple is requiring iOS developers to add a user account deletion function within the applicable apps by Jan. 31.
The change promises to reduce the hassle when you’re trying to extract yourself from an app you no longer need or like. Of course, it only takes a few taps to delete the iOS app from your device. However, your user account within the app will remain open unless you shut it down. This can often require going to the app developer’s website, and then manually choosing to delete your account.
However, Apple will now allow you to streamline that process. In a Wednesday notice, the company wrote to developers: “The updates to App Store Review Guideline 5.1.1 last June provided users with greater control over their personal data, stating that all apps that allow for account creation must also allow users to initiate deletion of their account from within the app. This requirement applies to all app submissions starting January 31, 2022.”
The rules also apply to apps that rely on a social network, such as Facebook or Twitter, for user account creation. The App Store guidelines say: “The app must also include a mechanism to revoke social network credentials and disable data access between the app and social network from within the app.”
However, Apple notes that iOS app developers may be obligated under law to retain certain types of data, even if a user elects to delete an account. So don’t expect an immediate purge of your information when shutting down an account.
To help fight scams, Apple is also adding a new “Report a Problem” link on the iOS and Mac app product pages, so consumers can easily notify the company about concerns with an app.
“This feature is currently available for users in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States, and will expand to other regions over time,” the company says.
In addition, Apple is including a “Report a scam or fraud” and “Report offensive, abusive, or illegal content” options at reportaproblem.apple.com website, where users can log in. The company is adding the functions following a report from…