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Apple deletes over 250 data-mining apps from App Store

20 Oct 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple bans apps collecting personal data after discovering Chinese marketing firm routes data back to its company servers.

SAN FRANCISCO: Apple is kicking out applications that collect personal data in violation of the company’s privacy policies from its online store, the tech giant said.According to analytics company SourceDNA, there are hundreds of iOS applications on the App Store that are capable of accessing personal information including email addresses that are tied to the respective Apple IDs, device information and serial information.

For the second time in less than a month, Apple has removed hundreds of apps from its App Store over concerns that they gathered personal information from phones through a hidden software kit developed by a Chinese firm. “We’ve identified a group of apps that are using a third-party advertising SDK, which uses private APIs to gather private information such as user email addresses and device identifiers and route data to its company server,” Apple said in a statement. “This is a violation of our security and privacy guidelines. SourceDNA adds, “we believe the developers of these apps aren’t aware of this since the SDK is delivered in binary form, obfuscated, and user info is uploaded to Youmi’s server, not the app’s.

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