In case you haven't noticed, a recent update to Windows 8.1 makes a Privacy Policy link recently appear autmatically for Windows Store apps. This link takes the user to the app's page in the Store where the privacy policy link is available.

This means that apps no longer need to include their own privacy link; however, I don't yet know how to detect whether this is happening for an app so you can suppress your own link.If anyone has investigated this, please post in comments. That said, I personally like having a cleaner Privacy Statement link in an app that can open a settings pane directly with that content, rather than navigate to the Store.

It's worth noting that with this change, all you have to do to meet requirement 4.1.1 of the Store Certification Policy is submit a link to your policy when you submit the app. Because the app cert testers will be using the latest 8.1 build, you should pass cert without having a distinct command in your own settings. 


2 Comments

  1. 山本康彦@BluewaterSoft
    Posted August 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm | Permalink

    I have not heard the formal comment about the problem in which two Privacy Policy links exist. Therefore, it is still unknown how we developers should treat the Privacy Policy link. The way we developers erase the aux Privacy Policy link is also unknown.
    https://connect.microsoft.com/VisualStudio/feedback/details/877308/windows8-1-windows
    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/windowsapps/en-US/96a84493-a1b7-44e6-9f50-3010504787f8/how-remove-redundant-privacy-policies-?forum=windowsstore

    However, the app which deleted the Privacy Policy link has passed examination of the Store.
    http://apps.microsoft.com/windows/en-us/app/bwdevtools-symbolicons-for/b3c08da7-2256-43d1-9653-36affd4e6ac6

  2. 山本康彦@BluewaterSoft
    Posted August 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

    In Japanese apps, the aux Privacy Policy link is always displayed.