Facebook has started to offer more privacy tools-even as it fights to prevent GDPR protections from covering many of its users-and the likes of GOG and Twitter have clarified how user data is used in their privacy policies.
As per sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 of Apple's App Store Guidelines, apps cannotshare "user location data to third parties without explicit consent from the user [or] for unapproved purposes". Apple has started removing these apps from the App Store, telling developers that they can submit them for another review once the violations have been corrected. Only after the removal of related code will the app be considered for resubmission to the App Store.
As 9to5Mac notes, the apps that have been called out thus far don't do a sufficient job in explaining to users what actually happens to and with their data.
According to 9to5Mac, the main issue seems to be that the apps in question aren't doing enough to actually inform users what is happening with their location data, which is particularly important in situations where this data is being shared with third parties other than the app developer. The company informs developers via email that "upon re-evaluation", their application is in violation of sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 of the App Store Review Guidelines, which pertain to transmitting user location data and user awareness of data collection.
Facebook scandal and Europe's new General Data Protection Regulation law taking effect soon, privacy is yet again a hot topic in our digital world.
"You may not use or transmit someone's personal data without first obtaining their permission and providing access to information about how and where the data will be used". That means Apple has removed at least a few apps from the App Store for sharing location data with third parties in a way that violates the rule cited above.