Apple defends the removal of certain apps that monitor screen time


A report from The New York Times proposes that Apple has been fighting a number of designers creating apps to limit a person's phone usage.

The New York Times recently published a report, in which it brought up the recent removal of several screen-time and parental-control apps from the App Store by Apple.

Developers violating the policy were informed and given to update their apps, and some of them did, Apple said. But Apple said in a 500-word post on its website it removed the apps because they "put users' privacy and security at risk". "No one, except you, should have unrestricted access to manage your child's device", Apple said in a statement. It is not entirely out of the question that Apple may be using some feeble excuses to lock in as many users as possible.

The company added: "When we found out about these guideline violations, we communicated these violations to the app developers, giving them 30 days to submit an updated app to avoid availability interruption in the App Store".

The company noted what it considers acceptable use of MDM including use by enterprises to track devices and control access to proprietary data.

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"Apple has always supported third-party apps on the App Store that help parents manage their kids" devices.

The report on Saturday also mentioned that two of these developers have filed a complaint with the European Union's competition office. What is really bad about this news is that a lot of these other apps had more features than the Apple version does. "It's a matter of security", Apple said. 11 out of the 17 most downloaded apps of this category have been taken down, according to the research by the app analytics firm Sensor Tower and the NYT. Protecting user privacy and security is paramount in the Apple ecosystem and we have important App Store guidelines to not allow apps that could pose a threat to consumers privacy and security. Earlier this month, the app was delisted from the Indian app stores after the Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court directed the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to do so.

"This isn't a matter of competition".

"We treat all apps the same, including those that compete with our own services", said Apple spokesperson Tammy Levine. Apple has countered these allegations, saying that the majority of apps hosted in the App Store are exempt from the levy, which drops to 15 percent after the first year.

It had become in the past year, attention to the fact that several parental control Apps using a "highly engaging technology called Mobile Device Management (MDM)". Developers however complained Apple move is aimed at promoting its own screen time app which again lacks many features that makes it less effective in its intended role.