So recently I been working on finishing my first Windows store app. This app (which I will tell more about when it? been released) needs connection to the local network. This meant that this was a permission I would need to get from the user.

Thinking that since I did not store any data from the user, it would not need any privacy policy. This turned out to be wrong, and as I submitted the app, it only took a few hours before the feedback was “rejected”. The notes I got was the following:

The app has declared access to network capabilities and no privacy statement was provided in the Windows Settings Charm.

The solution to this was to create a new page on my domain, add a privacy policy and then add this to the Windows Settings Charm, as well as submit it in the description to the store. To add this to the Windows Settings Charm I found this blog entry, which explains it quite well. Click here to see the blog.

As a policy I submitted the following:

This application does not share personal information with third parties nor does it store any information about you.
This privacy policy is subject to change without notice and was last updated on April 12th 2014. If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly at [email protected].

In my opinion that should be enough, seeing as the app does not really does not store anything. Then it´s just to wait and see if Microsoft feels the same way.

[EDIT April 14th 2014]
I can now confirm that the policy text was enough, as my app was released just today.