The new policies, detailed on Apple’s developer portal, limits the collection of personal data when it comes to apps for kids and young children without parental agreement.
This now extends to the collection of photos, videos, and audio. Apple already had a limitation on name, address, and telephone number that remains in place, but the update expands the scope of “personal information.”
(App discovery and monetization will be among the key topics of discussion at the upcoming Tablet Ecosystem conference coming to New York on November 13, 2013).
As MacRumors reports, the changes are designed so that Apple complies with the U.S. government’s recently-expanded Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which stipulates that apps must not collect personal data from children under 13 years old without ‘verifiable parental consent’.
Apple has gone one step further in this by detailing that developers must not collect photos, videos or audio from an underage user. The App Review Guidelines also ask developers to not allow underage [...]
The report, which is entitled Future App Stores: Discovery, Monetisation & Ecosystem Analysis 2013-2018, states that games will account for 40% of all downloads by 2017 and expects this trend to see app stores improve “stickiness” by developing social functions for gameplay.
If that is good news for gaming app developers however, non-gaming folk will be alarmed to read that Juniper Research expects most downloads to be for free apps in four years’ time.
Indeed, the researcher claims that just 5% of consumers will pay for smartphone and tablet apps, which is even less than the 6.1% of consumers who profess to do so in 2013.
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The recently launched workout app features Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez,. The latest financing round was led by Trinity Ventures and follows an earlier investment by Google Ventures.
FitStar’s first app features video of Gonzalez leading users through several dozen exercises that can all be done without the assistance of any equipment. The app also responds to the user and customizes the difficulty of the exercises based on their fitness level.
(Venture capital and fund raising for apps will be a key topic of discussion at the upcoming Tablet Ecosystem conference in San Francisco on September 12).