Google on Friday updated its YouTube app for iOS, the primary such revision since Apple began to need disclosures from developers concerning user privacy and data handling. The latest version of YouTube includes bug fixes and performance improvements, consistent with release notes provided by Google.
A corresponding App Store page lists what data the title uses to trace users and specifies the information that may be collected and linked to a user’s identity. As noted by MacRumors, the privacy disclosure was added to YouTube’s description in January per Apple’s guidelines, though the app itself went untouched until today.
Some Google apps haven’t been updated since Apple began to need the so-called privacy “nutrition labels” in early December. These include Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, Google Drive, and therefore the flagship Google app.
Apple’s program is meant to supply users with greater insight into how their data is leveraged by developers. Under the principles, an app maker must divulge what data is being collected by either itself or a 3rd party, and detail how that information could be used. Similar to past App Store policies, apps are allowed to stay on the storefront without publishing the privacy labels, though the new rules are going to be enforced when updates are submitted. Some have speculated that Google was skirting the privacy disclosure by delaying the rollout of routine updates.
The search giant refuted those claims in January when it announced plans to update its iOS app suite during a few weeks, but that timeline was apparently overly optimistic. Earlier in the week, the Gmail app began to warn users that the present iOS version was out of date and didn’t include Google’s latest security measures. Google quickly updated its servers to get rid of the alert.