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For the first time, Apple announces to governments that they have requested App Store shutdowns



Apple has just released a treasure trove of app-takedown requests from various governments for the second half of 2018, and the list is pretty meaningful. It's the first time the company has made such requests, and all of this is part of its Transparency Report initiative.

You might think that these are autocratic countries chasing dissident organizations asking Apple to shut down this or that app, but Vietnam and Austria, Kuwait and the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia and Switzerland have different reasons requested the deactivation of apps.

Of the 80 applications from 1
1 countries to remove 634/700 apps for the six-month end, it was still in December 2018, most came from China. Unfortunately, Apple did not disclose the names of the apps, but the topics of the opt-out requests were broken down, with a focus on illegal gambling apps:
  • Austria – Inquiry into illegal gambling apps research.
  • China Mainland – The vast majority is illegal gambling or pornography.
  • Kuwait – Application related to the investigation of apps suspected of violating data protection law.
  • Lebanon – Application in connection with the investigation of apps suspected of infringement of data protection law. [19659007] Netherlands – Applications related to illegal gambling apps investigations
  • Norway – Claims related to illegal gambling apps investigations
  • Russia – Claims related to illegal gambling apps investigation
  • Saudi Arabia Arabia – Application in connection with investigations into apps suspected of infringement of data protection law.
  • Switzerland – Application in connection with investigations against illegal gambling apps.
  • Turkey – Requests for Vietnam – Requests mainly related to illegal gambling apps investigation and unlicensed game apps investigation Governments that have requested app store shutdowns "/>


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