Apple tells app developers to better inform users about activity tracking

Some iPhone apps are recording what you do according to a report.                  Angela Lang  CNET

In the end, he said that it is impossible to know if an app is recording the screen or not. Is that true? Well, yes, kind of-but their recording abilities are limited.

At the moment, it isn't clear if the apps are in violation of any of Apple's policies but the very fact that they do so secretly is already a red flag. It added that "data collected by Glassbox customers is only captured via their apps, and is neither shared with any third parties, nor enriched through other external sources". The Expedia app was one of the few singled out here.

A bunch of popular iOS apps may be recording every move you make on their app.

The apps didn't say they were recording the screen. Apps can't access that.

Do you have any of these apps downloaded on your phone?

It shouldn't be a huge surprise that this is possible. Some of these businesses, including Hollister, Air Canada, Expedia and Abercrombie & Fitch, have been specifically named in the article.

None of this is excusing the larger issue: That companies are doing this without clearly disclosing it to their customers. Case in point: a year ago, The App Analyst blog found out that due to poor code execution, details of 20,000 Air Canada customers were compromised. It's good Apple's putting a stop to that. It often is, too. How much data do you really expect, though? Each chapter and app has been designed and tested to provide the knowledge and experience you need to get started in Android development.

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Nonetheless, as TechCrunch called attention to, the issue is less with Glassbox and more with the travel and hotel chains, none of which reveal the use of this technology to users.

In an article about how certain apps use "session replay" technology to record how users interact with the app, Tech Crunch noted that many of these iPhone apps do not even ask for a user's permission to do this. Should companies be more explicit about the way that apps feed back information to developers?

Some apps claim to mask the sensitive data, such as card numbers, to prevent misuse. By using man-in-the-middle software to intercept data going to Glassbox's servers, The App Analyst showed how this happens in Air Canada's app, where it could screenshot credit card info and user passwords. Air Canada employees with the session data could potentially see your private information.

Data is ridiculously important, and sometimes a company's vision for access is quite different than another's. We didn't even find it in the small print of their privacy policies. No one actually reads those.

Apple is stepping in and requiring developers to be less secretive about this particular type of tracking. If they don't fix it, their apps will be removed from the App Store.

Mail Online have contacted Glassbox for comment which we did not receive at the time of publication. It pushes a product called "session replay", allowing app makers to see what users do in the app. This is fairly common.

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