EFF has issue with Apple's Developer agreement, offers new app for Android

EFF has issue with Apple's Developer agreement, offers new app for Android
The Electronics Frontier Federation (EFF) is a non-profit organization that helps defend members' digital rights. The EFF just released a new app for Android users today, that allows them to more easily "take action" against those who would like nothing better than to trample on others' digital rights. The EFF does have a bone to pick with Apple, however, and has decided against producing an app for the App Store.

The issue that the EFF has with Apple revolves around the latter's Developer Agreement. The non-profit group calls the agreement "outrageous" and "bad for developers and users alike." EFF is not happy with some of Apple's restrictive rules, such as the one that prohibits apps using Apple's SDK from being used in other app stores besides Apple's.

The EFF is also unhappy with Apple's kill switch, which allows it to put down an app at any time. Apple claims it needs to be able to stop an app that might have accidentally slipped into the App Store, filled with malware. As Steve Jobs once said about the kill switch, "Hopefully we never have to pull that lever, but we would be irresponsible not to have a lever like that to pull." The EFF is also unhappy with Apple's ban on jailbreaking, and the ban on making public comments about the Developer agreement.

With the launch of its Android app, the EFF is also seeking to have a petition signed that asks Apple to revise the terms of the contract it makes iOS Developers sign in relation to the App Store. As EFF says in the petition,"Developers shouldn’t have to give up their rights to make an iPhone app. App makers should demand better terms, and the customers who love their iPhones should back them."

Android users can download the EFF app for free, directly from the Google Play Store. The app allows you to get in touch with Congress to ask for better technology laws, tweet the White House to get in your two cents about certain policies, and take international action to help stick up for certain digital rights in the U.S. You can also decide to help EFF spread the word about a campaign it is running, like the petition it wants signed about Apple's Developer Agreement.

source: EFFAlerts via TechCrunch



1. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Not happy with your apps on Android? ...switch to iOS. LOL

2. Like-A-Sir

Posts: 67; Member since: Jan 08, 2015

apple again patent trolling

3. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Most most Apple developers rather get treated badly and make more money. Hmmm how the money makes the world goes around.

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

That kill switch is a double edged sword. It is good for killing things that get by the app certification, such as malware. On the other hand, they could use it to kill apps that say or do things that they don't like. Basically censoring, which is wrong.

5. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

Every thing in this world is double sided.. is dual use. Everything can be used for good or for bad.

6. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

It has been used for things other than malware. It was used to remove Siri from older iPhones after it was integrated into iOS.

9. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Was it? It simply went dead. You probably could still have the app but it just told you that it had a new home.

10. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

But when they do this (and apart from the Secret app in Brasil, I haven't heard they did so, besides Google did that too), s**t would hit the fan. Also Google has this killswitch, don't they have issues with that?

12. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

From this, it looked like google didn't have the kill switch. Guess I was wrong, and it looks like a giant double standard to me.

7. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

Meh. Apple can do it because they can. Same reason why they trash their competitors at their stupid gatherings. They can be assholes and not skip a beat. There is a good side to it, like not wanting a verizon logo or apps on your device or messing with updates. But, they don't have to be assholes to everyone else. See the fiasco with Google and Google Voice for even more evidence of being assholes.

11. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Its call hearing just one side of the story. Most fan choose to do that and they have the right to. Ironically, this is the source for fandom and lead to fan war which is just another reason to hate another person that is different.

8. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Once again, too many commas by Alan F.

13. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Apple never tramples on free speech and innovation.... never ever! /sarcasm

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