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  • Apple Dumps iOS Apps Using Private APIs


    SourceDNA got the scoop from Apple over the weekend that a slew of third-party ad APIs from China reportedly rounded up data from scores of iOS apps. And that's a big no-no.

    The discovery prompted Apple to dump the offending apps swiftly.

    Alarmingly, this is the first time SourceDNA has made a discovery of apps that managed to bypass Apple's app review process. But that doesn't mean future discoveries are out of the question.

    All told, the proliferation of the APIs -- which aimed to gather data including email address and device info -- even prompted a response from Apple.

    “We’ve identified a group of apps that are using a third-party advertising SDK, developed by Youmi, a mobile advertising provider, that uses private APIs to gather private information, such as user email addresses and device identifiers, and route data to its company server," a statement from Apple reads.

    The iDevice maker notes that this is a clear violation of its security and privacy guidelines.

    "The apps using Youmi’s SDK will be removed from the App Store and any new apps submitted to the App Store using this SDK will be rejected," Apple says. "We are working closely with developers to help them get updated versions of their apps that are safe for customers and in compliance with our guidelines back in the App Store quickly.”

    So far, more than 250 apps have been removed.

    Source: SourceDNA
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iOS Apps Caught Using Private APIs started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. XweAponX's Avatar
      XweAponX -
      250! Is there a list of them posted anywhere?