After outcry, Apple carves out room for rival parental control apps to exist

Apple updated its App Store review guidelines this week at WWDC 2019. Many of these changes were aimed squarely at the type of debate recently asked by Apple about whether Apple could be trusted through the App Store.

As seen in The New York Times the company seems to support the view that screen time and age-restricted control apps should not have access to the same powerful mobile device management. MDM) and VPN APIs run by large companies that used it as an easy way to uninstall the entire app, just like the accidental introduction of screen-time functionality earlier this year.

"It is not clear why we should have great trust," he said, noting that enterprise companies will not steal customer data beyond the now forbidden limit. According to Apple's transformation, "companies that use MDM for parental control" are now one of the groups that can use this feature with "business organizations, educational institutions, or government agencies."

As far as the VPN APIs are concerned, apps that provide "parental control, content blocking and security" also have a temporary exemption.

Make it clear that the crackdown is actually over, or that an app that was previously banned (which Apple recently publicly requires to release a new explicit parental control API) will actually return to the store. If Apple believes that MDM delivered in April is inherently dangerous, the new API will certainly be a logical solution. These changes will exaggerate Apple's fears or compromise the beliefs to satisfy those developers.

There are important rules. Both of the new rules still allow Apple to pick winners and losers. . MDM is only allowed in a "limited" case, and the parental control application can use the VPN if it comes from an "approved provider."

Other headline changes that can be found in Apple's updated App Store review guidelines are " Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal notes that the Curious George app will allow her son's name, After discovering that you've sent it, "the app for kids may not include third-party ads or analytics. " Washington Post's Geoffrey Fowler provides information on how the hidden app tracker was hidden. Yesterday, we wrote about how Apple is strengthening its rules for enterprise app certificates. Was another scandal that allowed Apple to create an illegal app underworld by completely bypassing the App Store – how does Apple use ownership of the App Store and require iOS developers to adopt the new single sign-on (SSO) feature?

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