Apple Gives Developers 24 Hours To Remove Tracking Code Or Else

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Following the news that select apps in the iOS App Store were recording users screens and data input without their knowledge, Apple has issued an ultimatum. Remove the code or adequately disclose of it to users otherwise your app will be removed from the store.

This all follows the investigation done by TechCrunch which showed apps like Expedia, Hollisters and Hotels.com were recording users device screens without telling the users, something that is against Apple’s terms of use.

Apple sent an email to TechCrunch about the situation:

“Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity ... We have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines, and will take immediate action if necessary,”

Apple gave developers less than a day to remove the code and resubmit their apps to the store, or they would be forcibly removed for violating Apples terms and conditions.

“Your app uses analytics software to collect and send user or device data to a third party without the user’s consent. Apps must request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity,” - Apple to developers.

The apps in question use an analytic code called Glassbox which allows them to track users use of their apps, but it's not only used in iOS apps, Android apps also use it. Currently, Google has not commented on the situation and it's unknown if Google would do something similar to Apple in order to protect users data from being tracked.

It's great to see that Apple is standing up for users when it comes to their data and privacy.

Source: TechCrunch

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