Previously, Apple has rolled out new features designed to track and limit screen time. It leads to a number of upset developers whose businesses have been crippled. Now these screen-tracking and parental control apps have now been asked to change their products or to book from the app store completely, as reported by the New York Times.
Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps as well as other apps. Apple’s Phil Schiller explains the reason behind pulling these third-party screen time apps as they have abused MDM (mobile device management) system to track all data and activity on a children’s device to be able to present that information to parents who have downloaded these apps.
Schiller further said that this is a privacy issue which cannot be left to continue, and Apple will not reject or remove the apps which use alternative methods other than MDM. Some reports also point out some problems which users have posted about Apple’s Screen Time app that have some drawbacks like the ability to shut down certain apps, less-granular scheduling, and that children were able to work around Apple’s web-filtering tools.
They also said that third-party apps could be used across iOS and Android platforms which makes it difficult for the parents to look on the Android devices. Apple has stood on its claim that apps violated its rule and those third-party apps gather so much data on devices. The actions were not related to the company’s starting screen monitoring tools. Earlier this week, two app developers Kidslox and Qustodio, filed an antitrust complaint against Apple in the European Union. In most cases, developers being booted from the app store can be devastating for their companies.
While last month Kaspersky Lab filed an antitrust complaint after its own screen-time management app was removed from the store. These apps are not the first one to get receive the warnings when it comes to the app store. Earlier, Spotify filed an antitrust complaint of its own against Apple, saying that the technology company was providing itself an unfair advantage against third-party music streaming services.