Apple Bans iPhone Apps Sharing Location Data Without User Consent

Apple has promised to increase focus on software reliability, security, and user privacy, and as part of this new commitment, the company has reportedly started banning apps from the App Store that share user data without consent with third parties.

While Cupertino hasn’t publicly announced that it’s cracking down on apps sending location details to other companies, there’s at least one report indicating that developers are being served with notices sent by email to inform that that their apps violated sections 5.1.1 “Data collection & storage” and 5.1.2 “Data use & sharing” 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,” the cited sections read.

No word on how many apps got banned

Apple is also providing further guidance to de… (read more)

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