Apple removed over 600 apps from the App Store

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Apple removed over 600 apps from the App Store

Apple recently published its transparency report detailing legal claims made by various countries. Between July and December 2018, Apple received requests for removal of certain applications from the App Store. There were 634 apps removed in about 80 orders.

Countries that requested app removal on the App Store

  • Vietnam
  • Austria
  • Kuwait
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Turkey
  • Lebanon
  • Netherlands

Apple did not disclose which applications were removed but explained the reason for the removals. In the case of Vietnam and Austria, the apps have been removed for violating country gambling laws. Other countries argued that certain apps were breaking privacy laws.

Apple receives thousands of requests for equipment access

In 2018, Apple received more than 12,000 requests for access to Apple equipment for police investigation. The country that issues the most orders is Germany, with the United States in second place.

In addition, requests for access to iCloud are also constant. Over the past month, nearly 5,000 accounts have been requested by Apple from authorities. However, Apple gave no further details of the cases.

In perspective, in the UK’s lands, Apple received only 139 requests. It seems that UK is one of the countries that gives less work to the Cupertino company.

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