Apple says that greater than 215,000 iOS apps have been blocked by its App Retailer’s App Assessment crew for privateness violations in 2020, whereas one other 150,00 have been rejected as a result of they have been spamming or deceptive iOS customers.
The corporate additionally blocked 48,000 functions from being printed on the App Retailer as a consequence of utilizing undocumented or having hidden options.
Ninety-five thousand further apps have been additionally faraway from the App Retailer for utilizing bait-and-switch ways the place new options and capabilities have been added to basically change their performance after being authorised.
In whole, throughout 2020, virtually 1 million problematic new apps and almost 1 million app updates have been eliminated or rejected by the App Assessment crew — described as “a necessary line of protection” — for varied causes and blocked from touchdown on the App Retailer.
“In simply the previous few months, for instance, Apple has rejected or eliminated apps that switched performance after preliminary evaluate to develop into real-money playing apps, predatory mortgage issuers, and pornography hubs; used in-game alerts to facilitate drug buying; and rewarded customers for broadcasting illicit and pornographic content material by way of video chat,” the corporate said earlier this week.
Apple: $1.5 billion in fraud prevented in a yr
Apple additionally says that it might defend its clients from $1.5 billion in doubtlessly fraudulent transactions all through 2020.
It additionally prevented using over 3 million stolen playing cards on Apple’s on-line retailer platforms and banned roughly 1 million accounts from ever making transactions once more.
“Monetary info and transactions are a few of the most delicate information that customers share on-line. Apple has invested important assets in constructing safer fee applied sciences like Apple Pay and StoreKit, that are utilized by greater than 900,000 apps to promote items and companies on the App Retailer,” Apple added.
“For instance, with Apple Pay, bank card numbers are by no means shared with retailers — eliminating a danger issue within the fee transaction course of.”
Seemingly a response to Epic Video games lawsuit claims
Whereas Apple hasn’t precisely revealed the explanation behind unveiling final yr’s fraud prevention efforts, the timing means that it’s linked to its ongoing Epic Games lawsuit.
The lawsuit was sparked by Apple eradicating Fortnite from the App Retailer in August 2020 after it was ‘upgraded’ with its personal in-app fee system, designed to bypass Apple’s normal 30% charge of all App Retailer transactions.
The presser was almost certainly issued to make clear how its fee safety and App Assessment programs are defending clients and never stifling competitors, as Epic Video games mentioned in court documents [PDF] filed final yr.
Epic Video games has filed authorized papers in response to Apple, learn extra right here: https://t.co/c4sgvxQUvb
— Fortnite (@FortniteGame) August 13, 2020
Within the antitrust swimsuit filed towards Apple, Epic Video games just isn’t looking for any damages however solely injunctive aid to power Apple to “permit honest competitors” on the App Retailer.