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Apple Allegedly Eliminating Apps That Send Location Data To Third Parties

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Reports have surfaced that Apple is removing some apps. Technology insiders believe the move comes after certain apps allegedly sent location data to third parties.

An E-Mail Notice

An e-mail has been circulating on the internet that was sent from Apple's Resolution Center. The message states that the technology company reevaluated an unknown developer's app and that the app did not follow the App Store Review Guidelines. The rules that the developer failed to comply with are Sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 in the legal section of the App Store Review guidelines.

The Fine Legal Print

The two legal sections address privacy, which Apple laid out as crucial to the company's environment. Section 5.1.1 discusses data collection and storage. App developers must create a privacy policy and get user consent for the app. Apple also charged app developers to be forward with the users and tell them what access features are needed to use the app. If the user declines to give the developer access, the content creators must inform the customers what aspects of the app will not work if they do not have the necessary information.

Section 5.1.2 talks about data use and sharing. Developers are forbidden to hand over data to third parties that do not relate to improving the app. Also, content creators are not allowed to use personal data unless developers obtain their permission and tell them how their data would be used.

Potential For Redemption

The resolution center did offer an opportunity for developers to return to the App Store. Developers must remove anything that relates to location sharing with third parties. Once they remove the items, they can submit the app again to Apple. If the technology company re-approves the app, it will be able to return to the App Store.

Other Apple News

Industry leaders Warren Buffet and Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates recently praised the technology company. Buffet revealed that his investment company, Berkshire Hathaway, purchased 75 million shares in the company. The shares are equivalent to a 5 percent stake in the company. Meanwhile, Gates stated that Apple became one of the world's top technology companies thanks to its healthy profits.

The company also celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Apple iMac computer. Current CEO Tim Cook, who reminisced about the milestone, stated in a tweet that the Apple iMac changed the way that people looked at computers. The Apple iMac also rejuvenated the company, which used an 'I' in front of products such as iPod and the iPhone.

Strategy Analytics announced that the iPhone X sold over 16 million units worldwide during the first quarter of 2018. In addition to the iPhone X's success, three other models of iPhones took the following three spots in the smartphone bestsellers' list. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 7 ranked number two, three, and four, respectively, on the list.

Tech Times reached out to Apple for a comment on this story.

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