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Apple Updates App Store Guidelines, Tightens Rules for Crypto-Related Apps
13 June, 2018, 19:08
Apple has revised its App Store rules to place restrictions on cryptocurrency mining, storage and payment across apps it distributes. Previously announced Apple privacy safeguards applied to the user's own data, but not that of their contacts, creating a treasure trove of information that could be used individually or via compositing from multiple users with contacts in common.
The iPhone isn't a great cryptocurrency miner, especially compared to special mining machines, but that doesn't mean that a surreptitious app couldn't mine tokens like Monero in the background.
"Consistent with other enterprise practices in Wells Fargo Advisors and Wells Fargo Securities, customers can no longer use their Wells Fargo credit cards to purchase cryptocurrency", a company spokesperson told The Register via email. They may also facilitate cryptocurrency transactions on an "approved exchange". Next, Apple plan on allowing cryptocurrency exchange applications and they even want to allow apps that facilitate initial coin offerings (ICO's), providing they comply with local laws.
Prior to WWDC, Apple allowed all apps to mine cryptocurrency and facilitate ICOs, provided that they did so legally.
Apple stated that "apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining".
In the grand scheme of regulations, this one probably isn't a huge deal.
"In addition, apps may not mine directly for cryptocurrencies, unless the mining is performed in the Cloud or otherwise off-device", it stated.
Cryptocurrency mining is often done on the sly.
The Cupertino-based firm has updated its rules for publishing apps on the App Store and has specially mentioned cryptocurrency-related apps. Unless you're the type of power user who checks battery usage every day, you could go a while without knowing that your phone is conducting an extra, very consuming process.
"Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources".
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