Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 12:23 UTC
Apple "Back in May of this year, Internet security firm Bitdefender launched an app and service designed to help iOS users get a grip on what the apps installed on their mobile devices may be up to. [...] The app tells owners of iOS devices which applications may be accessing more information than they need, and identifies potentially 'misbehaving' apps, giving users an inside look at all the information app developers can gather about a user. [...] Seems legit, right? Apple doesn't think so. Or at least they have an issue with something behind the app that sparked them to pull it from the App Store this week." That seems odd. Why would they do such a thing? "Interestingly, Bitdefender did share some data that they gathered based on Clueful's analysis of more than 65,000 popular iOS apps so far: 42.5 percent of apps do not encrypt users' personal data, even when accessed via public Wi-Fi; 41.4 percent of apps were shown to track a user's location unbeknownst to them; almost one in five of the apps analyzed can access a user's entire Address Book, with some even sending user information to the cloud without notification." Oh, right. Informing users their data is wholly unsafe? Not on Apple's watch!
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Typically Apple
by mantrik00 on Fri 20th Jul 2012 17:29 UTC
mantrik00
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2011-07-06

This kind of arbitrary behaviour enabled by highly restrictive and manipulative policy terms should be a subject of anti-trust investigation because Apple is basically choosing winners and loosers. Such arbitrary behaviour harms the operations of a free market.

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RE: Typically Apple
by MOS6510 on Fri 20th Jul 2012 18:02 in reply to "Typically Apple"
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2011-05-12

Perhaps, but you don't know the reason why Apple did it, nor does Thom or anyone else here.

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RE[2]: Typically Apple
by Lion on Fri 20th Jul 2012 21:54 in reply to "RE: Typically Apple"
Lion Member since:
2007-03-22

To throw my own hat into the ring of wild speculation...
Apple has in the past withdrawn apps from the store seemingly arbitrarily and then added their same functionality into the OS shortly thereafter.
Perhaps we are soon to see this same auditing function as a native part of iOS?

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