Apple Says Apps Supporting Account Creation Must Offer Account Deletion Starting Early Next Year

Apple reminded developers today that App Store apps which allow account creation must also allow users the ability to delete their account within the app, starting in early next year. This requirement applies to all app submissions beginning January 31, 2022.

This requirement is in line with the App Store Review Guidelines June updates. Apple advised developers to examine any laws that might require them to keep certain types of data such as sales records and electronic health records.

Apple confirmed earlier this week that the "Report A Problem" link on iOS 15 and macOS Monterey has been redesigned. This allows users to report any issues with downloaded apps, such as scams, more easily. Apple claims that this feature will soon be available in other countries, including Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

Apple stated that "problematic apps reduce the App Store experience for developers and users, and we're constantly expanding our techniques to identify additional types of problematic content to be removed." We will notify developers if we suspect they have engaged in deliberate manipulation, fraud, or abuse. These consequences could include the removal of apps or a reduction in their Apple Developer Program membership.