Clueful iPhone privacy app from Bitdefender told app secrets, booted from Apple App Store
Clueful, an app to help users monitor other apps approach to privacy issues, has been booted from Apple's App Store with little explanation.
As detailed in a short post by Bitdefender, Apple approved their Clueful app under the same rules they are now using as an excuse to boot the app from the App Store. Why? Evidence points to Clueful doing it's job, and revealing the sad state of privacy in iPhone apps.
After analysing 60,000 iOS apps, Clueful found that 42.5 percent do not encrypt personal user data, even when sending that data over public Wi-Fi. Over 41 percent track location, and one in five apps can read, copy, and transmit the entire contents of your Address Book.
Protecting users from themselves
Too bad really if they were actually looking out for the consumer.
mstone on appleinsider.com
Sandbox fail. Remove app showcasing failure
Just_Me on appleinsider.com
And so when iOS 6 rolls out with increased privacy controls and requires user permission when an app attempts to access to contacts, calendar, etc. (making this removed app obsolete), the pundits will whine that the pop-up dialogs are a major annoyance.
markbyrn on appleinsider.com
Would you like to know what iPhone apps are reading your personal data and sending that information somewhere? Too bad, unless you grabbed Clueful before Apple kicked them out of the App Store.