Apple Bans Cryptocurrency Mining, Limits Access To Friends Data

Ruben Fields
June 18, 2018

Apple has quietly closed a loophole that allowed third-party apps to potentially gather an iPhone user's contacts and sell on the data, according to Bloomberg.

The information contained in Contacts can be substantial. However, it is exactly this tactic that also got Facebook into such trouble this year.

Users must already opt in to sharing Contacts information with app developers, but now Apple has placed more restrictions on what developers can do with that information after they obtain it. This included details about the company's limits on tracking of internet browsing.

For those who fail to do all this and are caught, Apple threatens expulsion of the app from the App Store and of the developer from the Apple Developer Program.

"The address book is the Wild West of data, " one mobile developer said.

This latest update in the App Store guidelines is yet another privacy feature in a string of similar decisions made during the last two months.

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Onavo Protect is a VPN service which provides anonymity to users from service providers, but it is merely an elaborate coverup to suck massive amounts of data and track device usage pattern of users who have enabled it. Apple said last week that developers have generated US$100 billion (S$134 billion) since the App Store launched. Thus, in 2012, the company added an option for users to explicitly give permission to developers to access their contacts, photos, locations, etc.

App users now seem much more comfortable paying for content with Bernhard Niesner, co-founder and CEO of Busuu, explaining how his language-learning app has seen a huge boost over the past few years.

It's not just within apps or on the iTunes App Store that kids can end up spending their parents' money without realising.

You can ensure that your child doesn't download any apps at all by going to the Restrictions menu and changing the "Installing Apps" slider to off (from green to white). It is thanks to that that the company has been able to create a profitable ecosystem for itself. The biggest deal to me was that this release focuses primarily on performance, which is expected to double the speed of common tasks such as launching apps or summoning the keyboard.

Apple has criticised the social network for that lapse and other missteps, while announcing new privacy updates to boost its reputation for safeguarding user data.

And while Apple may finally be doing something about it now, it can not do anything about the millions of data points it has already given away.

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