Apple Says COVID ‘Health Pass’ Apps Are Limited To Developers Working With Public Health Authorities

Apple informed developers today that “health clearance” applications can only be submitted by developers who work with recognized public health authorities.

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A “health pass” application is classified as an application that generates a pass that is used to enter buildings and access services in person based on immunization and testing records.

Apple says that to make sure these apps responsibly handle sensitive data and provide reliable functionality, they are limited to having developers work with test kit manufacturers, labs, and healthcare providers.

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

Apple has been restricting COVID 19-related apps since March. Applications that provide data on COVID should be submitted by developers working with recognized entities such as government organizations, health NGOs, companies with deep health credentials, and medical or educational institutions. Apple does not allow games or entertainment applications with the COVID 19 theme, or any other application that has not been submitted by a qualified developer.

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