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Apple Tells App Developers to Disclose or Remove Screen Recording Code

[2019-02-09 14:49:10]

Zack Whittaker, TechCrunch: Apple is telling app developers to remove or properly disclose their use of analytics code that allows them to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps — or face removal from the app store, TechCrunch can confirm. In an email, an Apple spokesperson said: “Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity.” A lot of these notices went out last night (according to several DF-reading developers), and Apple’s only giving them 24 hours to submit updated apps before they’re removed from the App Store. I think Apple’s doing the right thing here, and it’s an impressive display of what the App Store review team can analyze, but given that this has been going for years, I think 24 hours notice over a weekend is a bit drastic.  ★ 

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