Apple will remove apps that track users without opt-in permission


 
Apple has picked a huge fight with the advertising industry and ad-supported app developers. Starting in 2021, Apple will remove apps from its App Store that don’t comply with its App Tracking Transparency guidelines. That’s ATT in Apple-speak, and it specifies that users must give opt-in permission to be tracked.

This is on-brand and on-strategy for Apple. They’re all about privacy (or so they say), but this will be a serious hardship for ad-supported apps: no ad-targeting, no location sharing, no user info exchange. This will hit the advertising industry hard enough to knock it back to the stone age. Apple hasn’t formally set a date, but look for it in Q1. Are you going to opt in to being tracked? Take the survey below.

 

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About Shelly Palmer

Shelly Palmer is a business advisor and technology consultant. He helps Fortune 500 companies with digital transformation, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn's Top Voice in Technology, he is the co-host of "Think About This with Shelly Palmer & Ross Martin." He covers tech and business for Good Day New York, writes a weekly column for Adweek, is a regular commentator on CNN and CNBC, and writes a popular daily business blog. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com

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