For the first time, Apple outs the governments that asked for App Store takedowns

For the first time, Apple outs the governments that asked for App Store takedowns
Apple just released a treasure trove of information on app takedown requests by various governments for the second half of 2018, and the list is pretty telling. It's the first time that the company has disclosed such requests, and it all comes as part of its transparency report initiative.

One would think that it's autocratic countries going after dissident organizations that ask Apple to take down this or that app, but Vietnam and Austria, Kuwait and The Netherlands, as well as Saudi Arabia and Switzerland, have all requested app takedowns for various reasons.

Still, out of the 80 requests from 11 countries to remove 634/700 apps for the six months ending in December 2018, most came from China. Unfortunately, Apple didn't disclose the names of the apps but it did break down the topics of the takedown requests with an apparent predominance coming from illegal gambling apps:

  • Austria - Request related to illegal gambling app investigations.
  • China mainland - The vast majority relate to illegal gambling or pornography.
  • Kuwait - Request related to investigation of apps with suspected violation of privacy law.
  • Lebanon - Request related to investigation of app with suspected violation of privacy law.
  • Netherlands - Requests related to illegal gambling app investigations.
  • Norway - Request related to illegal gambling app investigations.
  • Russia - Requests predominantly related to illegal gambling app investigations.
  • Saudi Arabia - Request related to investigation of apps with suspected violation of privacy law.
  • Switzerland - Request related to illegal gambling app investigations.
  • Turkey - Requests related to investigation of illegal app content, including breach of copyright and suspected violation of local transportation law.
  • Vietnam - Requests predominantly related to illegal gambling app investigations and unlicensed gaming apps investigations.

FEATURED VIDEO

13 Comments

1. MrMalignance

Posts: 213; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Should read something along the lines of: "For the first time, Apple reveals which governments asked for App Store takedowns"

5. Godlymansean

Posts: 332; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Yeah had to open the article to understand the title lol

6. drazwy

Posts: 352; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Yep. I really had no clue what they were talking about.

2. AbhiD

Posts: 652; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

As much as i don't like Apple otherwise, will have to hand over the security and privacy aspect to them. They are so much better.

4. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

All available and presented in a multi year summary in Google's transparency report if you ever want to look at it to see what real transparency should look like for mobile operating systems and ecosystems.

12. AbhiD

Posts: 652; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

Google and transparency? What? LMFAO! I mean i have always bought Android phones, but fanboys on all sides are really delusional

3. maherk

Posts: 6749; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I believe the app that was requested to be taken down in Lebanon, was one that you type in a car's plate number, and it'll give you detailed information about it owner's name, address, phone number, etc... Someone hacked the system years ago, and released the information to the public. Basically, sick people were using this app to stalk others.

7. cmdacos

Posts: 3970; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Ooof that poorly written title. Any editors here?

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1150; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

See you’re being a dumbass again. The frequency that you live on this forum - you know better than anyone else that these writers are from an English speaking country. They write so much better than most Americans and miles better than you! You wanna put your money where your mouth is? Start writing comments or articles in their native language - see how good your whiny ass compares to them. I loath posts like yours.

9. lyndon420

Posts: 6599; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

The title says: "For the first time, Apple tells the governments that asked for App Store takedowns”...makes you think apple was 'telling' the government something. Instead it should have said: ”For the first time, Apple reveals the governments that asked for App Store takedowns”...would have made more sense don't you think???

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6599; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Ah...title is fixed. Thanks Daniel.

11. MrMalignance

Posts: 213; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

I'm relieved to see they fixed that. That was bugging me

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.