On September 30, 2020 we updated the Slack Application Developer Policy and API Terms of Service to clarify existing guidelines.
The primary addition in this update is to provide more detailed guidance around Export Controls. Specifically, providing additional information on how to ensure apps are appropriately classified in compliance with US Department of Commerce regulations.
This is the text we added:
Export Controls: You are responsible for classifying your Applications pursuant to the Export Administration Regulations, including submission of any necessary classification requests or self-classification reports. Because the Slack platform is made available worldwide with limited exceptions, Slack only permits Applications on its platform that have an Export Control Classification Number (“ECCN”) of EAR99 or 5D992 (mass market). Developers are thus prohibited from creating Applications with an ECCN other than EAR99 or 5D992 (mass market).
We appended our Submission Guidelines to the list of guidelines and policies we expect those submitting to the app directory to follow.
We also added the following phrase to our API Terms of Service:
You are required to follow applicable legal requirements if the use of your app will result in the international transfer of personal data.
Please let us know if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions about our developer policies. Thank you!