Windows 8 Certification Tips: The privacy statement
With the Developer Movement rewarding you for publishing your apps, you are probably all psyched to submit your app to the store. Here’s a little something to help you pass certification on the first try.
Now most of us building apps read that and think, hey I’m not collecting anyone’s email address or phone numbers with my app so I don’t need a privacy statement. Then you submit your app for certification and it fails! Why?
Personal information includes: Webcam snaps, Audio/Video recordings, Photos, Documents, Contacts, and so on. So if you are using the webcam to take pictures or creating a document that access contact information or users files you need a privacy statement.
Personal information also includes: IP Addresses. That means if your app has the ‘internet client’ capability enabled in your app you are going to need a privacy statement. By the way, the default templates in Visual Studio include the ‘internet client’ capability, so unless you change the default manifest, you will need a privacy statement.
According to Windows 8 certification requirement 4.1.1
- Informs users of the information collected by your app
- Informs users how that information is used, stored, secured and disclosed
- Describes the controls that users have over the use and sharing of their information
- Describes how they may access their information
- Complies with applicable laws and regulations
Where can I find some examples?
CTE Solutions is an app created by a training centre to help people find courses.
“This application does not collect or share any personal information. Your IP address (and related data provided by the operating system when making a web request) may be logged by the Internet-based servers (controlled by CTE Solutions) that provide the data used by the application.”
The Microsoft game Wordament which has you log in with a userid to play the game and posts high scores uses the Microsoft Online Privacy notice found here.
Can I have a code example for adding it to settings?
This was helpful do you have more useful stuff for Windows 8 app developers?
We have a windows 8 resources page where we continue to add content and blogs we think can help you here.