Apple’s App Store Privacy Crackdown May Hurt Facebook’s Onavo

Wednesday, June 13, 2018-Apple Inc. introduced new rules and conditions for App developer, which would limit the ability and also could hurt to Facebook for their app called Onavo Protect.

The iPhone maker’s updated the App. Store Review Guidelines ban applications which “collect information about which other apps are installed on a user’s device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing.” These circumstances would also lead to removing the Onavo app from the app. Store, although the software is still available easily, despite the rules kicking in last week.

Facebook replied to Congressional questions on Monday that the social network operator, Onavo Protect, when installed on an iPhone or Android device, with the help of a virtual private network, scans incoming and outgoing internet connectivity. It also collects information about users’ devices, their current location, apps installed on the gadgets and how people can use those apps, what websites they had visited, and the amount of data consumed by a certain app.

Onavo obtains and collects data on other apps through networks, rather than through other devices. The iPhone maker already has added the feature to block apps from getting information from other apps on the device itself with the help of the technology called sandboxing.

Apple’s new guidelines ethically “sounds like they’re almost written in response to what Onavo and others have been doing,” commented Will Strafach, a researcher who has also studied Onavo Protect and focuses on the security of Apple’s iOS mobile operating system.

A Facebook spokeswoman declined to comment. Apple, criticized Facebook this year for their privacy missteps, and the iPhone manufacturer also announced recently about latest features of providing new controls for iPhones, iPads, and Macs, which will limit how internet companies like Facebook and Google track the web browsing system.

 

by Sawan Kumar on June 13, 2018

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