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Apple updates App Store rules to prevent devs gathering data from contacts

8 days ago   |   By Beta News

Apple has tweaked its App Store policies, closing a loophole that made it possible for developers to gather data from phone contacts and then sell or share that data without consent. Until very recently app developers have been able to ask for permission to access users' address books and then use this permission to gather data about contacts. But with the latest policy change - introduced with no announcement - Apple has clamped down on this practice in the name of privacy. See also: Apple slaps a ban on cryptocurrency mining apps Apple adopts a 'cautious approach' and cuts iPhone...
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Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases

Apple bans developers from creating, selling user Contacts databases

8 days ago   |   By Ars Technica

Enlarge / A customer inspects the 2013 iPhone at the Wangfujing flagship store in Beijing.
Apple is trying to make it harder for developers to abuse users' information collected through apps. According to a report from Bloomberg , Apple updated its App Store Review Guidelines last week with more detailed rules on what developers can do with users' Contacts address book information. Now, developers cannot make databases using address book information collected from iPhone users, nor can they share or sell such databases to third parties.
"Do not use information from Contacts, Photos, or...
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