在《纽约时报》(New York Times)最近的一篇报导称，苹果删去或约束了17个下载量最多的家长操控和屏幕时刻运用程序中的11个，并撤销了其他运用程序，理由很简单：“它们将用户的隐私和安全置于危险之中。”
运用程序被删去的公司之一OurPact回应苹果称，苹果的声明具有误导性。该公司在Medium网站发布声明《曾经有一个运用程序可以做到这一点》(There Used To Be a App For That)，表明这个问题首要聚集移动设备管理技能。苹果在声明中称，移动设备管理技能具有“高度侵入性”，由于它让第三方“操控和拜访设备及其最灵敏的信息，包含用户方位、运用程序运用、电子邮件账户、相机权限和阅读前史”。尽管苹果弥补说移动设备管理技能有一些合法的用处，但一起表明，该技能危险极高，或许被黑客用于歹意意图。
Pulls Apps from App Store Under the Guise of Privacy Protection
Of the 17 most popular screen-time and parental-control apps in the App Store， 11 have been removed or restricted by . The app makers believe they are being punished for competing with "s own screen-time control tools。 says that the applications - specifically， the parental-control apps - were removed because of their use of Mobile Device Management， a technology that gave third parties access to information such as “user location， app use， email accounts， camera permissions and browsing history.” In other words，
says it removed the apps to protect the privacy of the children and parents who installed them.
responded to a recent New York Times report that it removed or restricted 11 of the 17 most downloaded parental control and screen-time apps and clamped down on others for what the company claims was a simple reason： “they put users" privacy and security at risk.”
But rivals contend it was done for competitive purposes， since
launched its own Screen Time tools in Septr 2018， as part of iOS 12.
Now one of the companies whose app was removed， OurPact， is responding to "s response. In a post on Medium， titled “There Used To Be An App For That，” OurPact claims "s statement is misleading.
The issue surrounds what is known as Mobile Device Management technology， which
in its statement describes as “highly invasive” because it gives a third party “control and access over a device and its most sensitive information， including user location， app use， email accounts， camera permissions， and browsing history.”
added that MDM has some legitimate uses， it also said the tech is extremely risky and can be exploited by hackers for malicious purposes.
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OurPact countered that， “This stands in contradiction to the fact that MDM technology was initially developed by
to ensure security of private data on remotely managed devices.”
OurPact points to "s own documentation， which states that MDM cannot see such personal data as emails， calendars， iMessages， device location， frequency of app use and more.
“To clarify this very important point，” the company wrote， “OurPact does not have access to any of this private information via MDM. It is impossible for us， hackers， or anybody else to obtain it.
is the only one who has access to and uses this data.”
OurPact went on to say that the sensitive information its own app collects - which includes a child"s name， age， gender， installed apps， and location - is the data it deems “absolutely necessary to provide our service，” and is only retained for “as short a period as possible.”
“By choice， we would never be in the unfortunate position of telling one of the most beloved companies in the world that they have made a mistake， but sometimes the truth has to be spoken to power....Given that there are no privacy issues with properly vetted MDM apps like OurPact being on the App Store， we humbly request that we are reinstated and allowed to continue providing our million users with the service they love and depend on.”
USA TODAY has reached out to
and is awaiting a comment on the OurPact response.
南都记者 张沛 收拾编译自 《纽约时报》 《今天美国》 interestingengineering.com