Apple Updates App Store Guidelines, Adds New Rules for Children’s Apps

Apple has updated its App Store Review Guidelines, updating its rules on children’s apps and introducing a new set of rules for apps marketed towards children.

Apple has updated its guidelines to reflect the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) which was updated earlier this year. The new rules prevent developers from collecting personal data about kids under the age of 13 without a parent’s consent. Prior to the update, developers could not collect the names, addresses or phone numbers of kids in this age group, but the new ruling adds restrictions to photos, videos and audio files as well.

In addition, Apple has a new section on “Kids Apps” to help support its new educational program that is part of iOS 7. This includes the ability for kids under 13 to have an iTunes account for the first time. (Via MacRumors)

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