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Uber nearly removed from App Store by Tim Cook

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Tue, April 25, 2017  /  02:51 pm
Uber nearly removed from App Store by Tim Cook

According to The New York Times, Uber had installed code that could continue to identify individual iPhones even after the app had been deleted, against the rules of the App Store. (Shutterstock/-)

Ride-hailing app Uber has been faced with yet another controversy. According to reports, in 2015, the app was nearly pulled from Apple's App Store for allegedly continuing to identify iPhone users who had removed Uber from their phones.

According to The New York Times, Uber had installed code that could continue to identify individual iPhones even after the app had been deleted, against the rules of the App Store. This did not track activity or location but meant that if the Uber app was downloaded, those at Uber could see if the app had been installed and deleted previously, a procedure banned by Apple due to privacy concerns.

“‘So, I’ve heard you’ve been breaking some of our rules,’ Cook said in his calm, Southern tone. Stop the trickery, Cook then demanded, or Uber’s app would be kicked out of Apple’s App Store,” read The New York Times article on Uber CEO Travis Kalanick's face-to-face meeting with Apple chief executive Tim Cook. 

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So that those at Apple could not discover the tagging technology, Uber reportedly "geofenced" Apple’s California headquarters.

Uber continues to track its active users but has changed previous code to comply with Apple’s terms.  

"We absolutely do not track individual users or their location if they’ve deleted the app," an Uber spokesman told The Telegraph. "As The New York Times story notes towards the very end, this is a typical way to prevent fraudsters from loading Uber onto a stolen phone, putting in a stolen credit card, taking an expensive ride and then wiping the phone -- over and over again.” (sul/kes)

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