Apple's App Store Privacy Crackdown May Hurt Facebook's Onavo

Donna Miller
June 17, 2018

Last week, Apple banned iOS apps from making contact with people using information collected through users' contacts or photos unless there's consent from users. The new guidelines now ask the developers to get user consent for any information access from the phone, and selling user data to a third party is completely prohibited.

On both Apple's iOS and Google's Android, the largest smartphone operating systems, the tactic is sometimes used to juice growth and make money. However, it is exactly this tactic that also got Facebook into such trouble this year. This included details about the company's limits on tracking of internet browsing.

Apple wanted to put a stop to that before this idea spreads to other developers, and it has now updated its App Store policies to explicitly prohibit cryptocurrency mining on iOS devices, as well as any other application that will abuse a phone's battery life. "The address book is the Wild West of data".

Apple announced that its it has updated its apps and services to help football fans keep abreast with all the latest from football's biggest event, the Fifa World Cup, which is being held in Russian Federation.

These animated characters can be made to look just like the user with a vast library of facial features, hairstyle and accessories available. Apps which describe or work as crypto miners in the background will be blocked from the Apple Store with immediate effect.

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Apple today has officially rolled out live sports to users of the Apple TV app in Canada.

Apple has just published official figures showing the health of the app economy with over 290,000 jobs created in the United Kingdom alone. It is thanks to that that the company has been able to create a profitable ecosystem for itself.

Apple is trying to make it harder for developers to abuse users' information collected through apps. Big tech giants are now speeding up to add support for the event to their apps and services.

Like any other VPN apps, Onavo Protect "helps keep you and your data safe" by (1) warning you when you visit potentially malicious or harmful websites, (2) securing personal data when you are browsing on public or shared Wi-Fi, and (3) serving as "an extra layer of protection" to your mobile data traffic.

While Apple is acting now, the company can not go back and retrieve the data that may have been shared so far. This because after the company has given permission to a developer to access information, it can not be taken back.

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