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Apple tightens developer rules to protect users’ friends’ data

Apple has tightened its App Store rules to protect users' from developers who obtain, harvest, and sell their data to third parties, reported Bloomberg. Historically, developers ask for access to users' data to use within their own app and then harvest the data on users' digital address book — without asking for the explicit consent of the users or their contacts. The guidelines state that developers cannot harvest users' data to build a database for sale to third parties. Developers can still ask users for access to contacts for use within their own app but have to inform users' exactly what their data will be used for. If they have another purpose at hand, they have to ask explicit permission for it. When a user gives permission to an app to access their contacts, the developer can harvest essential information…

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