Allowing apps without privacy policies is something of an loop hole that Apple should have already plugged, given its generally protective nature over user data. But as per Europe’s GDPR regulations, the change is even more tough. Though the app developers or managers themselves would be ultimately responsible for their customers’ data, Apple, as the platform where those apps are hosted, has some responsibility here, too.
Platforms were accountable for the nature of their apps, and the data misuse that may occur as a result of their own policies around those apps.
For example, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook was dragged before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees in US about the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where data from 87 million users of Facebook was inappropriately obtained by way of external apps developed in Facebook.
Although its very tough, if Apple itself will be reviewing all the privacy policies themselves as part of this change, in order to reject apps with questionable data use policies or user protections. If it does, App Store review times which is already a major concern for App makers could even increase more.
The fact that Apple only declared it now seems to indicate it will take a tougher stance on apps which are designed to collect user data as one of their primary functions going forward as they are really concerned for the safety of their users.