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Apple changes rules to restrain apps that sell personal contact information

Apple continues its crusade against developer developers who try to use the App Store and their access permissions as a way to earn money from user information.

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As reported today Bloomberg, at a session of the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018 focused on privacy, the company announced a series of new policies in its app store designed to undermine the action of apps that capture personal contact information to share or sell them without the user's consent.

The main change is a new guideline that probe outright that applications create databases with users' contacts or share / sell this information; developers can still request permission to access a device's contact list, but they can only use this data for the purposes explained at the time of that request and, if they want to use it in any other situation, they must make another request.

The new guideline represents a very profound change from what we had until recently, when developers needed to ask permission to have access to user contacts only once and, from there, they could do whatever they wanted with that data. Considering how an iOS developer classifies the iPhone's contact list as the ?old west of data?, in the sense that a lawless land where the smartest can profit without effort, the news is very welcome.

Even ?first scale? developers can be affected by the change. In another matter, the Bloomberg mentions the Protect feature of the Facebook which leads the user to download the Onavo Protect app and, in theory, protects the user's navigation with a VPN connection; in practice, it was discovered that the app also serves to collect data from users and improve Facebook products and services. The new guidelines of the App Store, speculates the matter, may be a direct response to that of the social network and should oblige, even, the withdrawal of the application from the store.

Considering all this and the new features of Safari dedicated to ?anonymizing? the user's browsing a bit, it can be said that Apple is really interested in making privacy one of the pillars of its image more than it already is. Well, right?

via Cult of Mac