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Technology Apple removes police-tracking app used in Hong Kong protests from its app store

06:26  10 october  2019
06:26  10 october  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (NASDAQ: AAPL ) on Wednesday removed an app that protestors in Hong Kong have used to track police movements, saying the app violated its rules because it was used to ambush police and by criminals who used it to victimize residents in areas

Apple on Wednesday removed an app that protestors in Hong Kong have used to track police movements, saying the app violated its rules because it was In 2011, Apple modified its app store to remove apps that listed locations for drunken driving checkpoints not previously published by law

By Stephen Nellis

a close up of a white wall: FILE PHOTO: Logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich© Reuters/Arnd Wiegmann FILE PHOTO: Logo of Apple is seen at a store in Zurich

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc on Wednesday removed an app that protestors in Hong Kong have used to track police movements, saying the app violated its rules because it was used to ambush police and by criminals who used it to victimize residents in areas with no law enforcement.

Apple rejected the crowdsourcing app, HKmap.live, earlier this month but then reversed course last week, allowing the app to appear on its App Store. The approval drew a sharply worded commentary criticizing Apple in the Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper, the People's Daily.

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An app that tracks the location of police patrols in Hong Kong is now available via Apple , despite the firm's reservations about its potential use . Apple had said the crowd-sourced HKmap Live, which also tracks tear-gas use , was not permitted because it "enables and encourages" illegal activity.

Tech giant Apple reportedly cited the encouragement of illegal activity as the reason behind its app store ’s rejection of HKMap Live, a crowdsourced, emoji-packed map designed to track police presence in Hong Kong and reportedly level the playing field between protesters and authorities.

Apple said in a statement that "many concerned customers in Hong Kong" contacted the company about the mapping app. Apple said it immediately began investigating the app's use and found it "has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong."

"The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement," the statement said.

Under Apple's rules and policies, apps that meet its standards to appear in the App Store have sometimes been removed after their release if they were found to facilitate illegal activity or threaten public safety.

In 2011, Apple modified its app store to remove apps that listed locations for drunken driving checkpoints not previously published by law enforcement officials.

(Reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Edwina Gibbs)

Apple removes Taiwan flag emoji from iOS in Hong Kong .
Apple appears to have removed the Taiwan flag from the emoji keyboard of users that have their iOS region set to Hong Kong or Macau, according to a number of local websites, including Hiraku. The change, implemented via a software update, comes not long after the company released its iOS 13 operating system, and highlights the complicated relationship that Apple -- and indeed many American companies -- have with China. Apple's region lock of ROCApple's region lock of ROC Taiwan flag ???????? extended beyond CN devices to HK and Macau's in the iOS/iPadOS 13.1.1 rollout. Interestingly, the new lock only affects the keyboard, and has no problem displaying and is easy to bypass by switching region. https://t.co/RVRKNQyc1lpic.twitter.

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