Apple questioned over app age ratings in the UK
What you need to know
- Apple is being questioned in the UK over the age rating of apps.
- Specifically, the UK's information commissioner wants to know about the risk of processing personal data.
The UK's information commissioner has written to both Apple and Google about the age ratings given to apps regarding concerns about the risk of processing personal data.
Elizabeth Denham published a letter in response to 5Rights Foundation and a letter sent by its chair, Baroness Kidron. Denham writes:
It comes following the concerns raised by 5Rights, which noted in its original letter:
The letter also highlighted concerns about data transparency:
Apple's App Store gives developers a choice of ratings, +4, +9, +12, and +17, and developers must fill out an Age Rating Declaration before sending an app to Apple for review. Apple also offers parental controls through iOS on devices like iPhone and iPadOS on iPad, which can ensure children listed as below certain age ratings are prevented from downloading age-inappropriate apps without permission, or at all as the case may be.
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