A fresh article by TechCrunch reports that various apps in the iOS App Store secretly record users’ screens without their permission, including popular apps such as Abercrombie & Fitch, Hotels.com, Expedia, Air Canada, etc., which use the “session replay” framework called Glassbox that allows developers to take screenshots or record or the user’s screen and be able to play back those recordings.
Apple, however, issued a statement which says it has notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines and will take immediate action if necessary. Apple is now demanding app developers that are using session replay must extract the code as soon as possible, and require them to add a little red icon on the top left the corner of the display to notify users that the screen is being recorded.
“Protecting user privacy is paramount in the Apple ecosystem. Our App Store Review Guidelines require that apps request explicit user consent and provide a clear visual indication when recording, logging, or otherwise making a record of user activity.”
“We have notified the developers that are in violation of these strict privacy terms and guidelines, and will take immediate action if necessary,” the spokesperson added.
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