At the end of April a new controversy was generated around the App Store. Apple had removed several parental control apps for using a technology that they claimed put the user’s privacy and security at risk. With the arrival of iOS 13 there have been changes again in the rules of the App Store, they allow this type of apps again .
In AppleApple he details the reasons why they have removed apps from parental controls in iOS
Some developers had even sent an open letter to Apple to offer their own Time-of-Use API to third parties if they did not allow the use of MDM technologies. Neither one nor the other, finally Apple has decided to allow again apps that make use of MDM technology to control what the user does with the iPhone or iPad.
As we can see in the new App Store standards, developers can re-use MDM technology in their apps. This technology has the ability to access more data about device usage as well as have access to block certain parts of the system. It is often used in business environments, but also in parental control apps for adults to set limits on use by minors.
The new App Store rule specifies that parental control apps may also make use of MDM, but warns that it is not allowed to sell, use or disclose the information collected to third parties.
What is the consequence of all this? Simply that we will see again in the App Store some of the apps that were removed more than a month ago. In addition, Apple is expected to apply a similar rule for VPN apps, which may also have access to extra device usage information, especially regarding navigation.