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Apps and Websites Approvals Policy

Purpose

The purpose of this policy is to set out clear reasoning for publishing a link to third party apps and websites submitted to the Apps and Websites page of police.uk.

Police.uk does not endorse any website/app that it publishes a link to.

Scope

This policy applies to all third party apps and websites submitted to police.uk. It will be applied for the initial moderation of all new third party content being uploaded to the site, as well as being applied retroactively to existing third party content.

Conditions for all third party content

All third party content submitted to police.uk must:

  • Provide details for a support contact which users may get in touch with regarding the content submitted. This can be provided either within the submission information, on the website being submitted, or on the app store page for the app being submitted.
  • Not display adverts or content of an obscene, defamatory, harassing, offensive or malicious nature or which we otherwise deem to be inappropriate.
  • Function as described in the description submitted with the content.
  • Not offer paid services/subscriptions on any page within their content. This includes in-app purchases. The sale of advertising space on the app/website is permitted.
  • Clearly make reference to data.police.uk as the data source on their website or app.
  • Clearly make reference to the Open Government Licence v3.0 within their content
  • Be continuously available
  • Be submitted with a name, a ‘logo’ image, and a description
  • Not make any suggestion of endorsement by the police or police.uk

Conditions for third party native applications

All third party native apps submitted to police.uk must:

  • Be hosted officially on the appropriate app store for their platform
  • Not be rated as mature content on the app store they are hosted on
  • Have a minimum of 10 reviews and a minimum average of 3 stars across all versions on the app store they are hosted on
  • Be optimised to run smoothly on an OS no more than 2 years old at the time of their review
  • Be updated at least every 12 months
  • Not request, save, alter, or transmit information from user’s devices which we deem to be excessive or unnecessary.

Conditions for websites and web-apps

All third party websites and web-apps submitted to police.uk must:

  • Have a link which lands on the URL originally submitted. If this changes police.uk will need to be notified in advance, or any mention of the website will be removed from police.uk
  • Not have pop-ups or content we deem to be malicious

Implementation

To implement and enforce this policy police.uk will:

  • Reject any third party content submitted to police.uk which does not meet the criteria set out herein
  • Periodically check third party content submitted to police.uk for continuing compliance with the criteria set out herein

For further note

The content on police.uk is intended to be as open and as easy to re-use as possible. When you submit content you are consenting and granting the Crown a royalty free worldwide and irrevocable right to use, re-use and pass on all the content and information that you submit (for example screenshots of your apps).

All other contents of police.uk are subject to the terms of the Open Government Licence v3.0, unless otherwise noted.