Google issues first YouTube for iOS update since Apple privacy rules went live


Google on Friday updated its YouTube app for iOS, the first such revision since Apple began to require disclosures from developers relating to user privacy and data handling.

The latest version of YouTube includes bug fixes and performance improvements, according to release notes provided by Google.

A corresponding App Store page lists what data the title uses to track users, and specifies information that might 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.

A number of Google apps have not been updated since Apple began to require the so-called privacy “nutrition labels” in early December. Those include Gmail, Chrome, Google Maps, Google Drive and the flagship Google app.

Apple’s program is designed to offer users greater insight into how their data is leveraged by developers. Under the rules an app maker must divulge what data is being collected by either itself or a third party, and detail how that information might be used.

Similar to past App Store policies, apps are allowed to remain on the storefront without publishing the privacy labels, though the new rules will 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 in a couple of weeks, but that timeline was apparently overly optimistic.

Earlier this week, the Gmail app started to warn users that the current iOS version was out of date and did not include Google’s latest security features. Google quickly updated its servers to remove the alert.

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