Apple to enforce account deletion rule from June 30

May 30, 2022 in iOS by Brenton ‐ 1 min read

Apple will soon be enforcing that apps that allow users to create accounts must also allow users to request the accounts to be deleted.

The rule was first meant to come into effect on January 31, 2022 but Apple delayed it until to June 30th amidst the ongoing COVID pandemic and ‘complexity of implementing this requirement’.

As a reminder, Apple says customers don’t necessarily need to be able to delete their account immediately from within your app. Instead they must be able to have a mechanism for starting the account deletion process, particularly in highly regulated industries.

Apple also highlights the following points:

The account deletion option should be easy to find in your app.

It’s insufficient to only provide the ability to temporarily disable or deactivate an account. People should be able to delete the account along with their personal data.

Apps in highly-regulated industries may need to provide additional support flows to confirm and facilitate the account deletion process.

Follow applicable legal requirements for storing and retaining user account information. This includes complying with local laws in different countries or regions. As always, check with your legal counsel.

Apple Developer News