Apple cracks down on apps sharing user location data with third parties


Apple is slowly but surely getting rid of any apps that may share location data with third parties. The company says that this violates its app store policies and guidelines. Any app found to share user location data with third parties is therefore being removed.
The company has been distributing emails to let developers know of the changes. Specifically, the tech giant referred them to sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 of its guidelines, which discuss the collection, storing and sharing of user data.
For apps to be eligible to collect data, they must have their own privacy policy and receive consent from users to do so.
The policy also states that apps shall not use passwords or other private data and this cannot be shared with any third parties. An exception to that rule is sharing third party data to improve the user experience or app performance.
Apps are being asked to remove the code or SDKs from their apps that may infringe on these regulations.
The clean-up follows the launch of the General Data Protection Regulation in the EU.