“A Chinese mobile-advertising company has apologized for disseminating code that allowed hundreds of applications that run on Apple Inc.’s iOS mobile operating system to access users’ personal data, in violation of Apple’s App Store policy,” Josh Chin reports for The Wall Street Journal.
“Closely held Guangzhou Youmi Mobile Technology Co. offered its ‘sincere apologies’ to affected developers in a statement Tuesday, after Apple said it had removed offerings from the App Store that were found to be collecting and extracting email addresses, device identification and other private information,” Chin reports. “Youmi said it was working with Apple to resolve the issue.”
“In a longer statement later Tuesday, Youmi said it respected privacy rules and had never collected users’ personally identifiable information,” Chin reports. “The aim of the software in question was to protect advertisers and developers against fraud, the company said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: We’re sorry we got caught using a private API even though every iOS developer knows the use of private APIs in iOS apps is not allowed by Apple.
Apple removing hundreds of App Store apps over advertising SDK that collects user data – October 19, 2015