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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RE[2]: Typically Apple
by Lion on Fri 20th Jul 2012 21:54 UTC 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Apple has in the past withdrawn apps from the store seemingly arbitrarily and then added their same functionality into the OS shortly thereafter.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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RE[3]: Typically Apple
by Neolander on Sat 21st Jul 2012 06:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Typically Apple"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

That would be Apple admitting that people need to care a little bit about security considerations to be actually protected from threats, and that the whole App Store thing is really not even close to the ultimate solution to all computer security problems they repeatedly claimed it to be.

Then there might be growing suspicion that Apple are just using the illusion of security as a disguise to let uncanny horrors pass through, Patriot Act-style.

Not going to happen unless they are forced to, in my opinion.

Edited 2012-07-21 06:29 UTC

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RE[4]: Typically Apple
by zima on Wed 25th Jul 2012 21:08 in reply to "RE[3]: Typically Apple"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Not going to happen unless they are forced to, in my opinion.

I wonder... perhaps we might see that as part of some larger (eventual) EU investigation into app stores? Let's hope so?

And, given right political circumstances in the EU parliament (inevitable, sooner or later), there should be another look into Patriot Act-style stuff (like with http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ECHELON - includes a link to decade-old EU report; OTOH, I don't think it amounted to much, since that investigation, hm)

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