Apple restricts ‘health pass’ apps to developers working with recognized health authorities

Apple on Tuesday elaborated on so-called “health pass” apps, saying the health check and building admittance apps must be developed by a company with relations to public health authorities.

ClearOutlined in a post to Apple’s developer website, the new rules seek to keep user data safe amid an ever-changing coronavirus response.With the advent of COVID-19 vaccines, the App Store has experienced an influx of “health pass” apps that generate digital credentials for entering buildings and accessing in-person services, Apple says. These apps rely on testing and vaccination records, meaning they tap into and potentially store sensitive user data.

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