iOS privacy app returns as a web app
Security specialist Bitdefender is now offering its "Clueful" solution as a web application. Clueful uses a database of approximately 100,000 iOS apps to provide users with details about what private information is accessed by various iOS programs. For example, for each known app Clueful lists whether it accesses the user's Address Book, encrypts locally stored application data, or tries to track the user's location.
Bitdefender says that Apple removed the application, which previously was a paid product, from the iOS App Store in June, but hasn't given it a reason for doing so. A potential cause could have been that Clueful tried to auto-detect a user's installed iOS apps so it could then display information about them. In its announcement, the security firm says that it "continues to work with Apple" to bring its software back to the App Store.
In iOS 6, which is currently available for developers and is expected to be released in the autumn, users must confirm any attempts by apps to access their contacts, calendar items or photos – which has always been the case with location tracking.