As Apple’s annual developer conference got underway on June 4, the
Cupertino, California-based company made many new pronouncements
on stage, including new controls that limit tracking of web
browsing. But the phone maker didn’t publicly mention updated App
Store Review Guidelines that now bar developers from making
databases of address book information they gather from iPhone
users. Sharing and selling that database with third parties is
also now forbidden. And an app can’t get a user’s contact list,
say it’s being used for one thing, and then use it for something
else — unless the developer gets consent again. Anyone caught
breaking the rules may be banned.
Hard to disagree with this policy change, but I’m not sure how Apple can police it. Boobytrap accounts?