Apple Will Only Accept Health Pass Apps Submitted in Partnership With Public Health Authorities

Apple Will Only Accept Health Pass Apps Submitted in Partnership With Public Health Authorities

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Apple has informed developers that it will only accept health pass apps that are submitted in partnership with public health authorities.

With the recent release of COVID-19 vaccines, we’ve seen an increase in apps that generate health passes used to enter buildings and access in-person services based on testing and vaccination records. To ensure these apps responsibly handle sensitive data and provide reliable functionality, they must be submitted by developers working with entities recognized by public health authorities, such as test kit manufacturers, laboratories, or healthcare providers. As with other apps related to COVID-19, we also accept apps submitted directly by government, medical, and other credentialed institutions.

Notably, last month FOSS Patent's Florian Mueller filed an antitrust lawsuit against Apple for refusing to allow any COVID-19 apps on their app store unless they are government approved.

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Apple Will Only Accept Health Pass Apps Submitted in Partnership With Public Health Authorities

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