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Apple iPhone apps recording screen without user consent

We all know Apple for its security features and data safety. Apple claims they examine all the apps and programs before their launch on the Apple platform. They make sure that the security of data and information is at its best. A recent report by TechCrunch revealed that some iOS apps are recording screen and taking a screenshot of the screen of the users without their consent.

Major apps recording every tap and swipe of your iPhone:

Many major companies like Air Canada, Hollister and Expedia are recording every tap and swipe of your iPhone screen. These apps are recording all your data and information without even asking your permission. The main concern is that these apps are unintentionally exposing sensitive data of the users.

Apps like Abercrombie and Fitch, Hotels.com and Singapore Airlines also use Glassbox. It is a customer experience analytics firm, that allows developers to embed “session replay” technology into their apps. These session replays let app developers record the screen and play them back. This helps them to see how their users interacted with the app. They do this to figure out if something didn’t work or if there was an error. They also record every tap, button push, and keyboard entry and then send it back to the app developers.

Apple will crack down on apps that secretly record data:

The Cupertino-based tech giant has now taken account of the issue. They are now telling developers to either remove the code or disclose it to the users under the privacy policy. The company also added that if developers do not do so, then the app will be removed from the app store.

Talking to TechCrunch Apple said, "Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual sign when recording or otherwise making the record of users activity. We have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines and will take immediate action on it."

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