Apple Pulling Plugs on Apps That Share Location Data With Third-Parties

May 9, 2018
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It appears that Apple has started a crack down on applications that share users’ location data with third-parties. Apple simply removes the applications from the app store and and informs  the developers over an email about their app being, “upon re-evaluation,” in violation of two parts of the App Store Review Guidelines.

Legal – 5.1.1 and Legal 5.1.2

The app transmits user location data to third parties without explicit consent from the user and for unapproved purposes.

Apple wants developers to remove any code, framework, or SDK that relate to the violation of the above legal technicalities and then to re-submit their apps to the App store.

The apps that were targeted by this move actually don’t inform users how their data is used. For Apple, simply asking users for permission over the data does not suffice. They want the users to know exactly how their data is shared.

Apart from this, Apple is pulling the plug on instances where the data is used for anything other than improving user experience.

You may not use or transmit someone’s personal data without first obtaining their permission and providing access to information about how and where the data will be used.

Data collected from apps may not be used or shared with third parties for purposes unrelated to improving the user experience or software/hardware performance connected to the app’s functionality.

The scope of this operation is unclear at this point, but there has been a public tweet that mentions this program while many developers have mentioned it privately.

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