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Quick Tips: Legal Documents for Mobile Apps

Quick Tips: Legal Documents for Mobile Apps

Learn about the legal requirements you need to meet when submitting an app to an online mobile store.

31st March 2015
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Many people are not actually be aware that there are special legal requirements and specifications that must be met when putting an app to market.

We have a recipe for your legals to make sure that all goes well when you submit the app store for approval in Google Play or the Mac App Store:


1. Mobile App Privacy Policy

The Apple App Store and Google Play requires a Privacy Policy for any applications that access a user’s existing account (such as Facebook) to require user registration. Many apps get rejected as this step is forgotten about. This covers elements of the collection of information, cookies, third party access, geo-location as well as rights to opt-out.


2. Mobile App Terms of Use

The Terms of Use is crucial in a mobile app. It allows the operator or creator to determine how the app may be used and covers users rights and licence to use the app, it also protects it protects intellectual property as well as limits liability. Most importantly, it ensures that users do not misuse the app for any prohibited purposes.


3. Email Disclaimer (for registrations)

We live in a technological world, there is a risk that your emails may be public. Make sure that you have an email disclaimer at the end of your emails to keep your communications safe and secure. It ensures that the email is to be read only be the recipient, contains a disclaimer for ‘opinions’ and also email errors.


4. Application checklist

A lot of people were asking about the specifications of their particular app, what it needed in terms of accounts, performance, legal and image assets. So, we’ve compiled a comprehensive checklist from the app store guidelines from Apple and Google to make it a breeze.

Dominic Woolrych

Dominic is the CEO of Lawpath, dedicating his days to making legal easier, faster and more accessible to businesses. Dominic is a recognised thought-leader in Australian legal disruption, and was recognised as a winner of the 2015 Australian Legal Innovation Index.