Apple ID and Family Sharing Disclosure

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 the same Family Sharing features as 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.


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, iPhoto, Aperture, iCloud Photo Sharing, Messages, Mail and other Apple apps
  • Share his or her location with family members and friends through Find My Friends, Messages, and Find My iPhone.
  • Access shared calendars, which allow you and your child to share past and future scheduled events with other members of your Family
  • Access and download music, movies, TV shows, apps and books from the purchase histories of other family members
  • Subject to the Ask to Buy settings you set, make purchases in the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store, make in-app purchases, as well as receive recommendations from Genius
  • Enroll and participate in iTunes U courses and play games and interact with other users in Game Center
  • Track health and fitness factors such as activity level, heart rate, blood pressure or nutrition in Health
  • Save mail, contacts, calendar events, notes, reminders, photos, documents and backups to iCloud
  • Access and search the internet and internet resources through Safari and Spotlight

Controls for Parents

Family Sharing enables you to share the content you choose seamlessly 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 Family. To help you manage your child's access to Apple ID services and features, we have built in two sets of controls for parents: Restrictions and Ask to Buy.


You can set Restrictions for your child on any iOS device he or she uses by going to Settings > General > Restrictions or on a Mac by going to System Preferences > Parental Controls. Through these settings you can limit features such as FaceTime, Camera and Safari, certain social media apps and also designate content appropriate for your child. This is an important step in ensuring oversight of your child's activity on Apple devices. Restrictions and Parental Controls are device-specific, so we strongly encourage you to set restrictions on each Apple device your child may use.

Ask to Buy

Ask to Buy allows you to review and approve purchases, including in-app purchases and downloads requested by your child. This feature is set to on for users under 13. 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 applicable jurisdictions, which govern online collection of data from children, Apple may take additional steps to 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 applicable jurisdictions, you will be asked to provide the security code from your current iTunes or iCloud payment method. We ask for this so that we may verify your identity as the Family Organizer and 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. Once you review this Disclosure and Apple's Privacy Policy and provide 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 all Apple features and services that use Apple ID except those you have limited in Restrictions. However, your child's account cannot be removed from your Family, unless their Apple ID is deleted, they turn 13 years of age or you take action to transfer your child to another Family. Once your child reaches the age of 13, 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 us with the following information: your child's full name, birthdate, password, and the answers to three security questions that can be used to verify access to your child's account. In order to protect the security of your child's account and preserve your ability to easily reset your child's password online, you should keep the answers to these questions confidential.

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 device identifiers, cookies, IP addresses, geographic locations, and time zones where his or her Apple device is used. We also may collect information regarding your child's activities on, or interaction with our websites, apps, products and services.

Use of Information

As set forth in Apple's Privacy Policy, Apple may use your child's information to communicate important notices, send information, products, notifications, provide services, 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 all devices associated with a child's Apple ID to ensure they do not receive targeted advertising from Apple. However, your child will still be able to receive non-targeted advertising on those devices.

Disclosure to Third Parties

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 your information with members of your Family through iCloud Photo Sharing, shared calendars and reminders, Find My iPhone 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 iPod or a school 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 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, 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.


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 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 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.

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:

Or by using the contact information below:

1 Infinite Loop
Cupertino, CA 95014