Privacy App That Revealed Which Apps Are Tracking You Is Yanked From App Store

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Clueful helped identify "misdemeanant apps on your iPhone," but now it's gone.

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  • tomp

    That’s easy… the app uses a private API. Since apps on the iPhone are unaware of other apps, the only way to find out info about other apps is to use a private API.

  • kramer_jk

    I think that people that are concerned about privacy should have the right to use an App like this. While I appreciate Apple’s curated approach to Apps 99.9% of the time, banning this App is very questionable without a legitimate reason. There are some questionable Apps out there that people need to be concerned about. Everybody in Silicon Valley acts as if they’re upstanding and innocent but the reality is that some of the nicest sounding companies are some of the most sneaky when it comes to these privacy issues. Everybody talks about Facebook privacy issues, but they’re really the tip of the iceberg. Everybody is starting to be aware of the issues that are inherent with Facebook and the privacy issues that you need to watch out for on there. The bigger issues come from trusted companies that try and get this data (see Path for instance, they had a reputation for privacy when the reality was opposite) but these companies need to be more careful about these types of issues. Look at http://www.dirtyphonebook.com and other sites that leak out this personal data, look at how Google makes this easily accessible to anybody that wants it. That’s not good for the web. Apple took a good first step by adjusting how the contacts API works to ask a user first, but more can be done directly on an OS level. I’m not sure how Apple banning this App helps anybody. :(