Apple encourages app developers to remove or properly publish their use of analytics code so they can record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps – or remove faces from the App Store, TechCrunch confirms.
In an email, Apple spokesman said, "Protecting users' privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Verification Policies require that apps obtain explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication for recording, logging, or otherwise recording user activity. "
" We have notified developers who violate these strict privacy policies of any terms and conditions, and will take action immediately if necessary, "the spokesperson added.
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However, Apple expressly prohibits apps that collect hidden data without the permission of a user.
TechCrunch started hearing on Thursday The app developers have already been told that their apps fell into Apple's rules. An app developer was asked by Apple to remove the code that recorded app activity, using the company's app store policies.
"Your app uses analytics software to collect user and device data without the consent of the user and to send it to a third party. Apps must request the explicit consent of the user and provide a clear visual indication for recording, logging, or otherwise recording user activity. Apple said in the email.
Apple gave the developer less than a day to remove the code and resend your app or the app would be removed from the App Store, the email said.
Asked if Glassbox knows the removal of the App Store, a spokesperson for Glassbox said that "communicating with Apple is through our customers." 19659002] Glassbox is also available to Android app developers. Google does not Google Play also specifically prohibits apps from secretly collecting device usage. "Apps should not obscure or obscure tracking behavior, or attempt to mislead users about such features." We're updating when and when we hear again.
It's the latest privacy breach that has forced Apple to protect its customers after apps have been maltreated.
Last week, TechCrunch reported that Apple's Facebook research was banned from "an app that has paid the social media giant teenagers for collecting all of their data."
There followed another investigation by TechCrunch, at which Facebook abused the Enterprise Developer Certificate issued by Apple to create and deliver apps to consumers outside of Apple's App Store, and Apple temporarily revoked Facebook's corporate developer certificate and shut down all its internal iOS apps for nearly a day.