Apple cracking down on apps that record your iPhone's screen

Apple cracking down on apps that record your iPhone's screen
Apple is quite serious about the privacy of iPhone and iPad users and is now warning developers that their apps will be removed from the App Store if they don't eliminate or properly disclose their use of analytics code that enables them to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps.

In a statement for TechCrunch, an Apple spokesperson confirmed the company has already notified developers that don't follow its terms and guidelines. Apple is determined to take immediate action and if these developers don't make the necessary changes their apps will be simply removed from the App Store.


Apparently, many app developers are using third-party analytics tools to record how a user interacts with their iPhone apps without their knowledge. One such analytics tool, Glassbox is used by both Android and iOS developers, but Google hasn't yet taken any actions towards banning the screen recording code.

Although sensitive information is supposed to be hidden, personal data like credit card and passport numbers were still visible during screen recording. Apple is quite clear on the matter and absolutely forbids apps to collect data without the user's permission (or knowledge), hence the recent development.

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14 Comments

1. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

That was fast...or was it??! These free apps blow - If you want privacy you gotta pay for it (sarcasm) lol. But it's 2019...how do we keep anything private anymore? Those in 'control' want our info, and no company (not even apple) can prevent it from happening. How long before fingerprint scans become mandatory...and passcodes/passwords become obsolete??! Remember Blackberry and how they were the pinnacle of safe 'n secure?? The day they surrendered access to their servers over to the Eastern governments for the sake of sales was the day they slowly (but surely) buried themselves.

2. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Compared to Google? Decently quick. Wonder about WM though. I’m not sure if they’ve ever allowed third-party apps to record anything not audio related.

3. lyndon420

Posts: 6790; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Why do you even need a comparison? 3 feet of water or 3 inches it doesn't matter...you can drown in both. Apple can't save our rights to privacy any more than any other company can (our data/personal info is gold to every company that is connected to the internet). Windows Mobile/Windows Phone is essentially a non-thing now... irrelevant, until MS gets a handle on what it is they're trying to be...again.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7112; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Will said

12. CQuine unregistered

You're still around? Haven't seen you here for a while...

5. midan

Posts: 2884; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Well done Apple!

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Well done? Like fruit company had no knowledge of this! They knew it and like always when it goes to the media then suddenly they try to fix it! Fruit OS is not secure at all, so all is just bla bla bla!

7. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

They havn't fixed it though as most people will just accept permissions as usual because nobody can bothered to read them.

8. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Just a thought: don’t give your apps more permissions than they absolutely need (if an app asks to use the camera, microphone etc, simply remove the permission after you have done what you needed); don’t use payments - use safari/chrome for that; when you find out that a company repeatedly collected your personal data without you knowing (they fixed something but developed another way), delete the app and unsubscribe to its services (even if we are talking about Apple, google, Spotify, ms or any other big company: unsubscribe from their services, because you have alternatives).

9. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Thats the thing though, the vast majority of the phone buying public just don't care. They will install an app and not even glance at what permissions they are granting. They will then kick up a fuss when something hits the media claiming they were "violated" and all because they are just too lazy to read something that might take a few minutes if that.

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

When privacy is concerned, we - users, no matter what platform we prefer - should speak a common language: "yo, OEM mofo, what's with the monitoring tools? Oh, you're tryin' to eff me? take this, bitch!" I don't understand the joy some dumb asses feel when "the other OS" is found to be vulnerable...

10. mootu

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

Double post..

11. cmdacos

Posts: 4208; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Once again Apple only moves swiftly when an issue makes the media. Apple knew full well that this was going on. They aren't saints and there will be countless other issues like this as time goes on. Curious to know though if this would be flagged in Googles special permissions for apps running on top? Any android users know?

14. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Couple of questions, how long were these apps recording screens? Next question, why did it take so long for Apple to figure out the apps violated their terms of service? For a company that prides itself on privacy and constantly monitors apps in it's App Store, this seems a little suspect.

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