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    Already at the beginning of this year, Apple has managed to be noted in several scandalous stories related to the privacy of iPhone users. The last in the spotlight was the vulnerability of the branded messenger, and recently foreign users reported the possibility of data theft by popular applications from the App Store. The company promptly responded to the appeal and took tough measures against a number of mobile developers.

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    The "blacklist" of the company got a number of applications, including Hotels.com, Expedia, Abercrombie & Fitch, Air Canada, and Singapore Airlines. All "violators" used the platform Glassbox, which allows you to record from the screen of the device, as well as to save the history of gestures and input data from the keyboard.

    Thus, all actions of the iPhone owner could be saved and transferred to third parties without his knowledge. The compromised information could include passport and credit card numbers, account passwords, real name, and residential address.

    Apple representatives confirmed that such actions violate the rules of publishing applications in the App Store. The use of analytical services is not prohibited, however, the collection of information must be done with the consent of the user. According to the SlashGear resource, the Corporation has already informed the developers about the need to bring "problematic" applications in line with the company's privacy policy as soon as possible or remove them from the App Store.

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    "Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our guidelines for publishing in the App Store require that applications requesting explicit user permission and provided clear visual indication when writing, journaling, or another method of recording user activity," reads an open letter to Apple to developers of mobile software.

    Applications that support Glassbox developers publish and for the Android platform, but Google has not made any statements about changes to the privacy policy of its distribution service Google Play.


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