Going forward, developers who have their apps on the App Store will now be held accountable about data of those who use their apps.
Apple has been cracking down on loads of apps on its App Store these past few days. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Facebook had pulled its Onavo Protect VPN app for iOS from the App Store. This followed previous complains made by Apple to the effect that the app violated its policies.
Onavo Protect VPN was acquired by Facebook five years ago. According to the developers, the app offered protection to users while browsing potentially harmful sites. It also warned them [users] about phishing scams, and prevent hackers from monitoring their web traffic.
While the Onavo app will continue to run on devices where it is already installed, new users will not be able to access or download it via the Apple App Store. Going forward, users who already have it installed on their phones will no longer be able to update the app.
In China, Apple’s hammer fell on thousands of gambling apps, The Walls Street Journal reports. As a matter of fact, the WSJ quotes as much as 25,000 apps were purged, which is also the figure quoted by Chinese-owned broadcaster CCTV.
Per TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson said: “Gambling apps are illegal and not allowed on the App Store in China. We have already removed many apps and developers for trying to distribute illegal gambling apps on our App Store, and we are vigilant in our efforts to find these and stop them from being on the App Store.”