Clueful, an app that notifies iPhone users if their other apps violate data privacy, has been removed from the Apple Store under mysterious circumstances.
Clueful would say if your other programs have access to your address book, track your GPS coordinates, or process information from social media accounts.
Neither Apple nor the developers of the Romanian-based Bitdefender application have revealed why the program was downloaded just two months later.
The application was approved by Apple on May 22, but the company has already changed its decision, reported by Security Week.
In a statement Wednesday, Bitdefender said: “Apple has informed the Bitdefender product development team about the removal – for reasons we are investigating – after its approval under the same rules. IPhone owners who already use Clueful Privacy can continue to do so. “
Apple is even tighter and does not respond to requests for explanation.
Speaking at the launch of Clueful, Bitdefender chief security researcher Catalin Kosoi highlighted the huge amount of data that other applications can collect.
Catalin Kosoi said: “Application developers can request and access your exact location, your contact list, and more information about you when you install their products on your iPhone.
“Your iPhone is probably the most personal device you own, containing a huge amount of information about what you do, who you are and where you go.
“While most application developers use this information for legitimate purposes, others may not.”