Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Apple will remove screen recording apps if they don't own up

Apple will remove screen recording apps if they don't own up

"We provide our customers with the ability to mask every piece of data entered by a consumer, restrict access to authorized users, and maintain a full audit log of every user accessing the system". Needless to say, you might want to consider getting rid of them ASAP.

Below is a video example of the Air Canada iPhone in action, showing unencrypted information in screenshots. Apple takes user privacy seriously, so it wouldn't mind pulling apps from the App Store that don't comply with its guidelines. And it's only a matter of whether you've been asked permission, whether your data is used fairly and in accordance with the law, and whether it's transferred and stored securely. The data is sent back either to the Glassbox cloud or one of the servers of their clients. Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.

The real news here is that app developers are monitoring your usage of their apps in very detailed ways.

"Since this data is often sent back to Glassbox servers I wouldn't be shocked if they have already had instances of them capturing sensitive banking information and passwords", the App Analyst added.

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These apps are using Glassbox, which allows developers use something that's called "screen replay" which records the screen technology. Maybe which buttons you tap or the length of sessions? Some embedded SDK's developer use even record user sessions in real-time. Is there a difference between gathering data from users if this data is used to improve apps versus collecting information about users? The report specifically mentions that Air Canada's app, as well as other travel apps, record sensitive data, such as passport numbers, credit card information and other personal data. It's worth pointing that Air Canada recently confirmed its app had a data breach, which exposed 20,000 profiles. It's when they can access your data that things go sour.

Apps haven't been up-front about this data collection. The objective is apparently to inform an app developer about specific highlights, interface design decisions, and different parts of the application that may trip users up or cause issues. In fact, they didn't find any mention of that in fine print of their privacy policies. No one actually reads those. That is not all as the iPhone maker has also made it clear that the developers will have to mend their ways or risk being banned from the Apple App Store.

Apple is telling app developers to remove or properly disclose their use of analytics code that allows them to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps - or face removal from the app store.

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