Family Privacy Disclosure for Children

Protecting children is an important priority for everyone at Apple. We believe in transparency and giving parents the information they need to determine what is best for their child. We work hard to offer controls for parents that are intuitive and customizable. By creating an Apple ID for your child you enable them to enjoy Family Sharing features with you and your other family members. Your child will be able to share music, movies, TV shows, books, applications, photos, calendars, location and more with you and your Family. They will also be able to have their own personalized Apple ID experience using all of the services and content available to an Apple ID account holder.

PLEASE NOTE: THIS DISCLOSURE DOES NOT APPLY TO THE DATA COLLECTION PRACTICES OF ANY THIRD PARTY APPS. PRIOR TO PURCHASE OR DOWNLOAD BY YOUR CHILD, YOU SHOULD REVIEW THE TERMS, POLICIES, AND PRACTICES OF SUCH THIRD PARTY APPS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT DATA THEY MAY COLLECT FROM YOUR CHILD AND HOW SUCH DATA MAY BE USED.

Your Child's Apple ID

With the Apple ID you create for your child, he or she will be able to take advantage of the entire universe of Apple features and services that use Apple ID. For example, your child will be able to:

  • Make and receive FaceTime video and voice calls.
  • Create and share photos, videos, audio messages and texts using Camera, Photos, Messages, Mail and other Apple apps.
  • Create and share documents and data with other people through iCloud public and private sharing. Depending on the selected settings this may include your child’s name and contact information, if provided.
  • Share his or her location with Family members and friends through Find My and Messages, and other apps that use Location Services.
  • Access shared calendars, which allow you and your child to share past and future scheduled events with other members of your Family.
  • Access, stream and download content and subscriptions that other family members have purchased, including music, movies, TV shows, apps, books, Apple Arcade, Apple Music, Apple News+ and Apple TV+. 
  • Make purchases and download free content in Apple Music, App Store, and Apple Books Store; make in-app purchases; and subscribe to Apple Arcade, Apple News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music, all subject to the Ask to Buy settings you set.
  • Receive recommendations in Apple Music.
  • Enroll and participate in iTunes U courses.
  • Play games and interact with other users using Game Center.
  • Track and share health information, such as heart rate, blood pressure or nutrition, and fitness and activity data. In so far as your child uses an Apple Watch, he or she can choose to share his or her workout and activity data with other Apple Watch users through Activity Sharing. This would include details of steps and distance covered in a day.
  • Store photos, videos, documents, notes, contacts, calendars, mail and backups and other app data, including Apple Arcade game play activity, in iCloud.
  • Access and search the Internet and Internet resources through Safari and Siri Search.
  • Use Siri to ask questions and complete tasks.

In addition to these examples, additional features may be added when we release software updates and we encourage you to read the notes and terms associated with such releases prior to your child downloading updates onto their devices.

Controls for Parents

Family Sharing enables you to seamlessly share the content you choose with your Family. However, there may be times when you want to limit your child's access to certain types of content or resources available to the rest of the Family. To help you manage your child's access to Apple ID services and features, we offer a few different sets of controls for parents. These include Restrictions, Screen Time Family Sharing and Ask to Buy.

Restrictions

You can set restrictions for your child on any iOS or iPadOS device he or she uses by going to Settings > General > Restrictions or, on a Mac, by going to System Preferences > Parental Controls. Using these settings you can limit features such as FaceTime, Camera and Safari, and certain social media apps, and also designate content appropriate for your child. This is an important step in managing your child's activity on Apple devices. These restrictions and parental controls should be set on each device your child uses.

Screen Time

If you and your child are using iOS 12 or later or iPadOS, you can use the Screen Time feature to set limits on your child’s use across any iOS or iPadOS devices where they are signed in. This includes setting specific hours where screen time is not allowed, limiting access to certain apps or categories of apps, and setting age-based content restrictions for movies, music, books and other content.

Family Sharing and Ask to Buy

Family Sharing allows you to share purchases, subscriptions, and more with up to five other family members that you designate via their Apple IDs. Ask to Buy is a feature of Family Sharing that allows you to review and approve downloads and purchases requested by your child, including in-app purchases. Ask to Buy is enabled automatically for any users under 13 (or equivalent minimum age depending on jurisdiction) who are added to a Family. If you choose to turn off Ask to Buy for your child, you will only receive information regarding purchases, including in-app purchases, in the emailed receipt (sent 24-72 hours after purchase) or on your credit card bill.

Please note that apps purchased through our Volume Purchase Plan, re-downloaded or downloaded with a redemption code may not be subject to Ask to Buy restrictions.

Creating Your Child's Apple ID

In order to create an Apple ID for your child, we must first obtain your consent to this Family Privacy Disclosure for Children ("Disclosure") and to Apple's Privacy Policy, which is incorporated herein by reference. If there is a conflict between Apple's Privacy Policy and this Disclosure, the terms of this Disclosure shall take precedence.

In order to comply with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and similar laws in other jurisdictions, where applicable, that govern the online collection of data from children, Apple may take additional steps to help verify that the user granting permission for the creation of a child's Apple ID is his or her parent or legal guardian. Accordingly, in these jurisdictions, you may be asked to verify your current iTunes, iCloud or Apple Store payment method. Depending on the payment method, this may be done using the security code from your credit card or similar verification method. We ask for this so that we may verify your identity as the Family Organizer and then obtain your consent to the collection of personal information from your child.

We will not knowingly collect, use or disclose any personal information from your child without your verifiable parental consent unless a COPPA exception applies. Once you have reviewed this Disclosure and Apple's Privacy Policy and provided verifiable parental consent, you will be able to create an Apple ID for your child. Your child will be able to use his or her Apple ID to access Apple features and services that use Apple ID, except those you have blocked in using parental controls. However, your child's account cannot be removed from your Family, unless their Apple ID is deleted, they turn 13 years of age (or equivalent minimum age depending on jurisdiction) or you transfer them to another Family. Once your child reaches the age of 13 (or equivalent minimum age depending on jurisdiction), they will be permitted to maintain their account without participating in Family Sharing.

Collection of Information

As part of the process of creating an Apple ID for your child, we will ask you to provide information required to create an account which may include: your child's full name, date of birth, a password, answers to three security questions, a phone number and a country of residence.

We may collect other information from your child that in some cases has been defined under COPPA as personal information. For example, when your child is signed in with his or her Apple ID, we may collect things like device identifiers, cookies, IP addresses and the geographic locations and time zones in which his or her Apple device is used. We also may collect information about your child’s activities and interactions on our websites, apps, products and services, including content provided by third party developers.

Use of Information

As set forth in Apple's Privacy Policy, Apple may use your child's information to communicate important notices and send information, product and service information and notifications, provide services and content, and improve our products, content and services. We may also use his or her information for internal purposes such as auditing, data analysis and research.

We may use, transfer and disclose non-personal information (data that does not, on its own, permit direct association with your child's identity) for any purpose. For example, we may aggregate and use information regarding customer activities on our website, iCloud services and iTunes Store, and from our other products and services, 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.

Limit Ad Tracking will be enabled by default for devices associated with a child’s Apple ID to ensure they do not receive advertising targeted to their interests from Apple’s advertising platform. However, your child will still be able to receive non-targeted (i.e., contextual) advertising on those devices. Apps or advertisers that do not use Apple’s advertising platform but do use Apple’s Advertising Identifier are required to check the Limit Ad Tracking setting and are not permitted by Apple’s guidelines to serve targeted ads if Limit Ad Tracking is enabled. .

Disclosure to Third Parties

Using their Apple ID and subject to your restrictions, your child may share information with others depending on the Apple features and services (such as those described above) that he or she uses.

Family Sharing

As part of Family Sharing, your child's information including their past and future purchases will be shared with members of your Family. Subject to the restrictions you set, your child may also choose to share their information with members of your Family through iCloud Photo Sharing, shared calendars and reminders, Find My and Location Sharing.

Additionally, if your child uses their Apple ID to sign in on a device that is owned by a third party (such as a friend's or a school’s iPad), your child's information, as well as the shared information of other members of your Family, may be downloaded and visible to others using that device, unless and until your child's Apple ID is signed out of that device.

Strategic Partners

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. Personal information from your child will only be shared by Apple to provide or improve our products and services; it will not be shared with third parties for their marketing purposes.

Service Providers

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

Others

It may be necessary – for example, because of the law, legal process, litigation and/or requests from public and governmental authorities within or outside your country of residence – for Apple to disclose your or your child's personal information. We may also disclose personal information about you or your child 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 personal information about you or your child if we determine that disclosure is reasonably necessary to enforce our terms and conditions or to protect our operations or users. Additionally, in the event of a reorganization, merger or sale, we may transfer any and all personal information that we have collected to the relevant third party.

Access, Correction and Deletion

If at any time you want to access, correct or delete data associated with Family Sharing or your child's Apple ID, please contact us here: www.apple.com/privacy/contact/

Or by using the contact information below:

Apple
One Apple Park Way
Cupertino, CA 95014
408.996.1010

Consent to Apple's Collection, Use and Disclosure of Your Child's Information

By clicking "Agree", you consent to Apple's collection, use and disclosure of your child's information as set forth in Apple's Privacy Policy and this Disclosure.

Please note: This consent does not apply to the data collection practices of any third parties. Third parties, including the developers of apps downloaded by any Family member and accessible by your child through Family Sharing, that may collect, use, or disclose your child's information, are responsible for obtaining separate verifiable parental consent. We would encourage you to ask your child to check with you before they grant access to any of their personal information to such third parties.

Please Note: Apple routinely releases software updates for our devices. When we do so, these updates will be available for download on the relevant device, including devices on which your child may use his or her Apple ID. We recommend that you initiate the update and review and agree to the applicable terms, such as those for iOS and macOS, on any such device.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Apple's Privacy Policy or this Disclosure, please contact us using www.apple.com/privacy/contact.