The trust has been broken, might as well remove the thief from the services forever.
Google and Apple have already planned out to remove the data broker X-Mode from their services permanently. This is due to the firm’s breach of trust as well as stealing data and selling them to military contractors. It was reported that the X-Mode gathered these data from Google Play and App store.
Google and Apple’s plans on banning
Based on the recent reports that The Wall Street Journal released, both Tech Giants told their developers to remove X-Mode software development kits (SDK) and location trackers from their platforms, permanently. This would likely take seven days for Google and two weeks for Apple.
It has been speculated that if they won’t remove and comply with regulations to remove X-Mode code from within their apps, both platforms will be banned.
Last November, Vice reiterated Motherboard reports and claimed that X-Mode got location data from apps on the App Store, and specifically targeting Muslims. From there, some data reaches U.S. military contractors.
Currently, X-Mode code that pays discreet developers to embed within apps — was uncovered in about 400 apps. Some developers who used the code in their apps were unaware of the military connections.
Amazon and Google have been charged to pay $163 million over Privacy Breach specifically in the unauthorized use of web cookies to track user activities. CNIL, France’s data privacy regulator has mandated Google and Amazon with fines of €100 million ($121 million) and €35 million ($42 million) respectively.
However, according to some reports, Amazon and Google have already redesigned their sites in September 2020 to remove the offending cookies.