Cupertino-based tech giant Apple recently changed its App Store rules. As per the new set of rules, the company will restrict app developers to collect, use and share the data of iPhone users’ friends as reported by Bloomberg. Earlier, the app developers would ask for users’ phone contacts and sometimes they also sold the same without the consent of the users of their contacts.
According to the Bloomberg report, the new changes state that the developers are now banned from turning the address book into a database of contacts and they can also not sell the database. Moreover, they are also not allowed to turn the data into user profiles. However, the developers can still ask users for their contact list for testing in the app but this time they have to inform the user as to what they will be doing with it and ask the user for their consent.
In a official post the company said, “Do not use information from Contacts, Photos or other APIs that access user data to build a contact database for your own use or for sale/distribution to third parties, and don’t collect information about which other apps are installed on a user’s device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing.”
Taking cue from the recent data scandal surrounding Facebook, Apple is also making strict rules so that the user data is not compromised in any way. The social networking giant landed in trouble in March this year when the data of 87 million users was compromised on the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.
Apart from this, Apple has also banned the cryptocurrency mining apps from its devices across platforms. The company said, “Apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.”