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marmoset's avatar

In Apple's App Store: when I write a review of an app, what info about me can the app's developer see?

Asked by marmoset (972 points ) November 4th, 2011 from iPhone

The general public can only see the username I chose. Can the app’s developer see (or find out) more, for example my email address or my name?

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KoleraHeliko's avatar

As far as I’m aware they can see your username (typically your email address without the @...com), the date and time you posted it. And possibly the country you’re from. I don’t quite recall if it picks up any data like that. It would only be an issue if you’re already sharing your location publicly.

Is there anything in particular you’re concerned about? Or just wondering?

whitetigress's avatar

They have your contact information.

marmoset's avatar

whitetigress, do you know which contact information?

jrpowell's avatar

I have a few apps in the app store. I will just say this. We don’t have enough info to burn your house down if you give a bad review. Don’t worry.

marmoset's avatar

Could anybody please be specific? Specifically what contact info do the devs get? Please help me on this.

marmoset's avatar

This isn’t a joke for me. Please help me find out exactly what info about me a dev knows if I posted a review of their app.

sinscriven's avatar

Not much more than anyone else can see. This is actually a problem with the app store model.

Apple keeps user data under lock and key from pretty much everyone. This keeps app developers and users from creating and fostering relationships.

whitetigress's avatar

From Apple.com

@marmoset Collection and Use of Non-Personal Information

We also collect non-personal information − data in a form that does not permit direct association with any specific individual. We may collect, use, transfer, and disclose non-personal information for any purpose. The following are some examples of non-personal information that we collect and how we may use it:

We may collect information such as occupation, language, zip code, area code, unique device identifier, location, and the time zone where an Apple product is used so that we can better understand customer behavior and improve our products, services, and advertising.
We also may collect information regarding customer activities on our website, iCloud and MobileMe services, and iTunes Store and from our other products and services. This information is aggregated and used to help us provide more useful information to our customers and to understand which parts of our website, products, and services are of most interest. Aggregated data is considered non-personal information for the purposes of this Privacy Policy.
If we do combine non-personal information with personal information the combined information will be treated as personal information for as long as it remains combined.

Disclosure to Third Parties

At times Apple may make certain personal information available to strategic partners that work with Apple to provide products and services, or that help Apple market to customers. For example, when you purchase and activate your iPhone, you authorize Apple and its carrier to exchange the information you provide during the activation process to carry out service. If you are approved for service, your account will be governed by Apple and its carrier’s respective privacy policies. Personal information will only be shared by Apple to provide or improve our products, services and advertising; it will not be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes.

Service Providers
Apple shares personal information with companies who provide services such as information processing, extending credit, fulfilling customer orders, delivering products to you, managing and enhancing customer data, providing customer service, assessing your interest in our products and services, and conducting customer research or satisfaction surveys. These companies are obligated to protect your information and may be located wherever Apple operates.

Others
It may be necessary − by law, legal process, litigation, and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence − for Apple to disclose your personal information. We may also disclose information about you if we determine that for purposes of national security, law enforcement, or other issues of public importance, disclosure is necessary or appropriate.

We may also disclose information about you if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or protect our operations or users. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger, or sale we may transfer any and all personal information we collect to the relevant third party.

marmoset's avatar

Thanks sinscriven—do you know exactly what info? If you do, would you let me know please? (It could be as a private message.) I’d truly appreciate it.

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