Apple’s ability to maintain control of its large community of app developers to protect iPhone owners’ privacy has been challenged by another widespread violation of its security rules.
The company removed hundreds of apps from its App Store on Monday after security researchers discovered that they were all using the same technique to collect personal information including users’ email addresses and device serial numbers.
The apps that eluded Apple’s reviewers — who vet every new app before allowing them into the store — were all developed using a software kit from Youmi, a Chinese advertising company. Data were sent from the apps back to Youmi’s servers, where they could have been used for intrusive targeting of ads.
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