Apple And Google Tell Devs To Remove X-Mode Social Tracking Code From Their Apps
X-Mode Social might not be a company that many are familiar with, but it makes technology that can be used to track a person’s location data and then sell it.
Its code lives in apps that you might not even realize are doing that tracking, but developers are being told to remove it. And remove it soon.
According to The Wall Street Journal, both Google and Apple have told developers that they risk having their apps removed from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store if they don’t remove the X-Mode Social code from their apps.
According to X-Mode Social, the number of apps that use its technology is more than 400, with developers paid a fee depending on how many users their apps are able to track.
Apple has told developers that they have a week to remove all X-Mode Social code, while Google has given them just a week. However, there’s an extension to 30 days available for those who apply to it.
Where the data ends up is also a concern. According to Motherboard, some of it is being sold to the US military which should perhaps not be all that surprising.
Especially given the fact that many of the apps X-Mode Social found itself are specific to the Muslim population.