Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World

Based on the research carried out by Pixalate, both technology giants, Google and Apple started to take actions and began delisting applications.

25 percent of the applications delisted by Google and 59 percent of the Apple’s delisted application had one thing in common, all of them had no policy for user privacy.

Privacy Policy was not the only basis for getting delisted by Google, report shows 66 percent of these applications required user’s permission that was considered to be dangerous, similarly getting an access to GPS location of the user and being able to reach the device Camera led 27% and 19% of the apps to be delisted respectively.

According to the data released by Pixalate, they analyzed more than 5 million applications in the first half of 2021 present on Google’s Play Store and Apple’s App store. Out of these 5 million applications, fifteen percent of them or about 813000 applications got delisted in the first 6 months of the ongoing year for targeting children under the age of 12. Apps getting delisted had more than 9 billion installs on Play Store before they were pulled down while those on App Store had more than 21 million reviews from their users. However even after getting expelled out from their respective stores, these applications will remain installed in the user’s phone.

Apps getting excluded out may have different reasons behind them. Either the action could be taken by the Store moderator when an application is unable to satisfy them with their policies. On the other hand, it can also be done if the app developer themselves pull down their own application. The analysis report that was released by the Pixalate does not contain any reason for the apps that were taken down hence it is still unclear that whether the application was taken down by the store or by the app developer.

Android delisted apps were downloaded 9.3 billion times prior to delisting
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
59% of delisted iOS apps and 25% of Android apps had no privacy policy
74% of apps delisted from the Google Play Store in H1 2021 had either no address listed or no identifiable address
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83% of apps delisted from the Apple App Store in H1 2021 had either no address listed or no identifiable address
323 average user ratings (pre-delisting) per app, among apps registered in China
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
66% of Delisted Apps Had at Least 1 ‘dangerous Permission’
74% of delisted U.S. apps in H1 2021 had at least one dangerous permission, the highest rate among all countries
25% of delisted U.S. apps in H1 2021 had access to the phone’s camera, the highest rate among all countries
13% of delisted Chinese apps in H1 2021 had the ability to record audio via the phone’s microphone
37% of delisted U.S. apps in H1 2021 had access to the phone’s precise GPS coordinates, the highest rate among all countries
26% of delisted Russian apps from the Google Play Store in H1 2021 had no privacy policy, the highest rate among all countries
60% of delisted Chinese apps from the Apple App Store in H1 2021 had no privacy policy
2,076 apps delisted from the Google Play Store in H1 2021 had at least 1 million downloads prior to delisting
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
700 apps delisted from the Apple App Store in H1 2021 had at least 5,000 user ratings prior to delisting
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World
Apple App Store delisted 59 percent of the apps in the first half of 2021 for not having a privacy policy, while same was the case with the 25 percent of Android apps in Google Play / Digital Information World

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