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March 12, 2015

Research Kit, Apple Pay recurring payments, SoundCloud downloads

After the Spring Forward media event earlier this week Apple has updated the App Store Review Guidelines with a few changes to the HealthKit so that it also mentions ResearchKit and there is a new paragraph on Apple Pay recurring payments. Finally there is a new paragraph stating that apps downloading media from online services such as YouTube, SoundCloud, and Vimeo etc. must obtain permission from those companies before doing so.

8. Content and Intellectual Property Rights

  • 8.6

    Apps that include the ability to download music or video content from third party sources (e.g. YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, etc) without explicit authorization from those sources will be rejected

9. Media content

  • 9.4

    Video streaming content over a cellular network longer than 10 minutes must use HTTP Live Streaming and include a baseline 64192 kbps or lower HTTP Live stream

27. HealthKit and Human Subject Research

  • 27.1

    Apps using the HealthKit framework or conducting human subject research for health purposes, such as through the use of ResearchKit, must comply with applicable law for each Territory in which the App is made available, as well as Sections 3.3.28 and 3.3.39 of the iOS Developer Program License Agreement

  • 27.4

    Apps may not use or disclose to third parties user data gathered from the HealthKit API or from health-related human subject research for advertising or other use-based data mining purposes other than improving health, medical, and fitness management, or for the purpose of medicalhealth research

  • 27.7

    Apps using the HealthKit framework or conducting human subject research must provide a privacy policy or they will be rejected

  • 27.9

    Apps conducting health-related human subject research must obtain consent from participants or, in the case of minors, their parent or guardian. Such consent must include the (a) nature, purpose, and duration of the research; (b) procedures, risks, and benefits to the participant; (c) information about confidentiality and handling of data (including any sharing with third parties); (d) a point of contact for participant questions; and (e) the withdrawal process

29. Apple Pay

  • 29.1

    Apps using Apple Pay must provide all material purchase information to the user prior to sale of any good or service or they will be rejected; Apps using Apple Pay to offer recurring payments must, at a minimum, disclose the length of the renewal term and the fact that it will continue until canceled, what will be provided during each period, the charges that will be billed to the customer, and how to cancel.

  • 29.2

    Apps using Apple Pay must use Apple Pay branding and user interface elements correctly and as described in the Apple Pay Human InterfaceIdentity Guidelines or they will be rejected