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Apple Removes Apps that Collect User Personal Data

The fact that Apple is preoccupied with users' privacy is no secret. The famous company has made many efforts to ensure that user data will be secure.

Furthermore, Apple has managed to create for itself the image of a company which does not store such personal data.

However, like any other company in the world, Apple also makes some mistakes.
The latest such mistake briefly allowed an in-app ad blocker to store user data.

The ad blocker, Been Choice, was removed by Apple from its App Store last week. The famous company has not provided too much detail on its choice, but claimed that it removed this app due to some security concerns over the method it used to block ads.
There is no wonder that everyone was shocked when the app seemed to have returned to the App Store, including its developers.

Apple Removes Apps that collect personal data
Around 5PM PDT Friday, the original version of our App, Choice that was pulled from the App Store by Apple on the 8th was re-released by Apple to the US App Store. Without any action on our part," they stated. 
Of course, the release was an error that Apple hurried to repair. The famous company may not only be dealing with this issue.

Actually, some security analysts claimed that they found no less than 256 apps in the Apple store that were gathering users information, including email addresses, serial numbers, but also other personally identifying information, data that could easily be utilized in tracking users.

Apple has a strict policy when it comes to the apps that reach its store, being very careful at the way they store personal data. However, it seems that in these cases, Apple made some mistakes, as the apps were violating its policy, including explicitly forbidden App Store rules.

According to researchers, no less than one million people downloaded the apps, in total, so the number of affected users is quite impressive.

Apple confirmed the mistake.
We’ve identified a group of apps that are using a third-party advertising SDK, developed by Youmi, a mobile advertising provider, that uses private APIs to gather private information, such as user email addresses and device identifiers, and route data to its company server," Apple stated. 

Its statement added that since this violated its policies, the apps will be removed from the App Store. The famous company claimed that it was working with developers to make sure that apps were safe for its customers.

Apple Removes Apps that Collect User Personal Data Reviewed by Mike Beasley on 3:15 PM Rating: 5
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