Apple has removed 11 of the 17 parental control applications from its Store that restrict children’s time of use.
The reason these applications have been removed has to do with the information they provided with their use. Apple has explained that these apps used a “highly invasive” technology called Mobile Device Management (MDM) that gave third parties access to “sensitive” owner data. Some of the parameters that hackers could access were location, history, camera, email, as well as time spent using the application, data that could be used for “malicious purposes”.
Apple has stated that this “fear” on the part of parents of their children’s use of the devices should not jeopardize their security. This type of control “jeopardizes the privacy and security of users” and is “a clear violation of App Store policies” used on particular devices, Apple has stated.
The company founded by Steve Jobs warned these companies that it believed they were abusing the data and had 30 days to warn their followers, those that did not were eliminated.