With the whole Facebook and Cambridge Analytica fiasco taking place, other tech giants have started focusing more on securing user data. Now according a recent report, we’ve learnt that Apple has started cracking down on apps that have been sharing user data with third-party companies, without their consent. Apple is simply removing these application from the App store, further informing the developers that their app is in violation of the “App Store Review Guidelines”.
According to a report from 9to5 Mac, many developers have already been informed about the violation. The apps in question, have been noticed to share location data of users to third parties without their consent. Apple in the mail sent to these developers, demands that the code, frameworks and SDKs related to that violation be omitted from the app.
Developers have also been given the option to ask permission from end users and inform them what the data is being used for and how it is shared. However, the app will still be removed if Apple thinks that the information collected doesn’t help user experience.
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These guidelines have always been a part of Apple’s practice, but reinforcing them, helps Apple share that responsibility with app developers. It’s also taking place only days ahead of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) coming into effect in the European Union. The regulation demands tech companies to give users more control on their data. While it only applies for European countries, it’s good to see Apple take measures for all of their user base. Hopefully other companies will also follow.