Apple removes apps that share your location data with third parties

Apple removes apps that share your location data with third parties

According to 9to5Mac, several app developers have had their apps removed from the store, and are told "upon re-evaluation", Apple found them in violation of its date privacy rules.

The App Store saw its first ever decline in the number of apps in 2017, however, it's when the company began to clamp down on apps violating its guidelines.

Apps that share users' locations without their consent violate Apple's terms of service - specifically, sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 of the App Store Review Guidelines. Apple is planning to have their TV app be the centralized place for all of these subscriptions. The company is also zeroing in on apps that use location data for "purposes unrelated to improving the user experience". Under the new laws, apps will need to obtain explicit permission if they plan to collect personal information on users and explain how they plan to utilize the data. Over the last few days the company has been removing apps that share location details with third parties without consent. They have sent a notice to all of the affected developers and they must remove any code, frameworks, or SDKs that relate to location sharing with third parties, and resubmit the app for a review.

However, whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that Apple is focused on user privacy, it's clear that they are doubling down on that commitment with more strict enforcement of regulations around apps sharing location data.

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Streaming of services like Sling, HBO Now, Netflix and others could all eventually be moved to the TV app, the report claims.

Now users of the TV app must subscribe through the service itself, and then add it to the TV app.

Some news publications suggested that Apple has embarked on this campaign as the GDPR deadline is nearing in the EU.

When a user purchases a third-party subscription through an Apple channel, like the App Store, Apple takes a percentage.

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