A few applications have been removed from Apple’s App store over security concerns. The company stated that the security of some users’ personal data could be compromised in certain circumstances as the apps threatened users’ security by installing certificates that can expose data to monitoring by third parties. The company did not specify the precise number of apps at issue. Apple is working closely with these developers to quickly get their apps back on the App Store, while ensuring customer privacy and security is not at risk. Apps with so-called root certificates route user data to servers where it can be analyzed. That opens the door for network providers to view encrypted traffic, leaving users vulnerable to data breaches. Among the apps removed was Been Choice, which has attracted attention for its ability to block advertising in apps.
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