iOS APPS TOLD TO RE­MOVE ‘ SCREEN’ CODE

The Asian Age - - Technomics -

New Delhi, Feb. 10: In the wake of the lat­est con­tro­vesy that has rocked Ap­ple last week, the com­pany threat­ened the app de­vel­op­ers to prop­erly dis­close that their app record the users’ screen in­ter­ac­tion or re­move the an­a­lyt­ics code that leads to screen record­ing or face the boot from the App Store.

In yet another in­fringe­ment of users’ pri­vacy and de­vice se­cu­rity, a num­ber of iPhone apps have been dis­cov­ered se­cretly record­ing the de­vice screen, tak­ing care­ful note of each swipe and tap, all with­out the user’s knowl­edge.

These apps, some from ma­jor com­pa­nies such as Air Canada, Hol­lis­ter, and Ex­pe­dia, are even mon­e­tiz­ing the data de­rived out of this snoop­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to TechCrunch, iPhone apps from hote­liers, travel sites, air­lines, cell phone car­ri­ers, banks and fi­nanciers do not ask or make it clear to the users that the apps are col­lect­ing the data in this man­ner.

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