Apple today is reportedly taking very seriously its earlier concerns about user privacy security, announcing it will be rejecting any applications for its devices that seek to access UDIDs.
A UDID is a Unique Device Identifier found in all Apple iPhone and iPad Touch consisting of a sequence of 40 letters and numbers that is specific to each of the company’s mobile devices. It is virtually impossible to guess even by dedicated intruders.
Yahoo News reported today that apps developers are scrambling furiously to come out with applications accepted by the Apple Apps Store, from which accepted apps may reach users’ iPhones or iPads.
Apple has been indicating to apps sources since late last year that it considers certain apps that seek to access iPhone and iPad UDIDs as unacceptable and may be blocked outright, saying that the practice is an invasion of user privacy.
Industry observers explained that Apple might be establishing a strict self-policing system before any similar anti-privacy measures emerge from such authorities as government watchdogs.
The earlier than expected Apple anti-UDID access move will likely affect operations and prospective plans of developers in the huge Internet advertising and game networks, as well as apps testing systems and apps analysis programs.