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Apple defends removing parental control apps

Apple removed parental control apps for security reasons.

Tim Cook's firm has defended their decision to cut the third-party apps, which help reduce screen time and oversee children's usage, from their App Store because "they put users' privacy and security at risk".

The company were made aware a year go that such apps used mobile device management (MDM) software, which "gives a third party control and access over a device and its most sensitive information including user location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history."

Apple said in 2017 that they updated their guidelines for using MDM.

They said: "It is incredibly risky - and a clear violation of App Store policies - for a private, consumer-focused app business to install MDM control over a customer's device

. "Beyond the control that the app itself can exert over the user's device, research has shown that MDM profiles could be used by hackers to gain access for malicious purposes."

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