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Trouble Over Device Fingerprinting Brewing On The Apple App Store? – PC Perspective

Trouble Over Device Fingerprinting Brewing On The Apple App Store? – PC Perspective

Apple is trying to stop API fingerprinting, but not everyone is interested.

Apple recently began requiring anyone developing iOS apps to justify their use of APIs that can be used for device fingerprinting. These include things like File Timestamp APIs, System Boot Time APIs, Disk Space APIs, Active Keyboard APIs, and User Defaults APIs. They can be used to create a unique fingerprint of a device or user so they can be tracked across the web, easier for targeted advertising and other less savory behavior. If an app collects this information for one of Apple's approved reasons, the data must remain on the phone and cannot be collected by the developer.

The problem is that Google, Meta, and Spotify are ignoring Apple, not only do their apps use these APIs without actually meeting Apple's standards, but they happily collect this data for their own use. are The apps in question, such as Threads and Google Chrome, are incredibly popular and would be difficult to remove from the App Store. So far, neither company has responded to Apple or The Register, so it will be interesting to see if this situation escalates, or if Apple decides to ignore the behavior.

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