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Apple Yanks Privacy App From The App Store

wiredmikey (1824622) writes | about 2 years ago

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wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched "Clueful", an iOS App that helps identify potentially intrusive applications and show users what they do behind their back, and giving users an inside look at all the information app developers can gather about a user.

Seems legit, right? Apple doesn’t think so. Or at least they have an issue with something behind the App that sparked them to pull it from the App Store. After initially reviewing and approving the App that was released on May 22, Apple has had a change of heart and has just removed the App from the AppStore.

So why would Apple pull such an App from the App store? It’s unclear, and Bitdefender told SecurityWeek that the company is under NDA as far as explanations for the removal.

It’s unclear why Apple would remove such an app from the App store. Perhaps Apple was able to call-out the company on a technicality that violates its terms of service. We don't know. Interestingly, Bitdefender did share some data that they gathered based on Clueful's analysis of more than 65,000 iOS apps so far, including the fact that 41.4 percent of apps were shown to track a user's location unbeknownst to them."

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