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

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Based on research by Pixalate, the two tech giants, Google and Apple, have started taking action and removing apps.

25% of apps deleted by Google and 59% of apps deleted by Apple had one thing in common: all had no user privacy policies.

The privacy policy was not the only basis for being removed from the list by Google, the report shows that 66% of these apps required permission from the user which was considered dangerous, similarly to gain access to the user’s GPS location and be able to reach the device. % and 19% of applications to be deleted respectively.

According to data published by Pixelate, they analyzed more than 5 million applications in the first half of 2021 present on the Google Play Store and the Apple App store. Of those 5 million apps, fifteen percent or roughly 813,000 apps were delisted in the first 6 months of the current year to target children under 12. Deleted apps had over 9 billion installs on the Play Store before being removed while those in the App Store had over 21 million user reviews. However, even after being kicked out from their respective stores, these apps will still be installed on the user’s phone.

The excluded applications can have different reasons. Either action can 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 himself removes his own app. The Analysis report which was published by the Pixalate contains no reason for the apps that were deleted, so it’s still not clear if the app was deleted by the store or by the app developer.

Delisted Android apps were downloaded 9.3 billion times before delisting
59% of deleted iOS apps and 25% of Android apps had no privacy policy
74% of apps deleted from the Google Play Store in the first half of 2021 had no addresses listed or no identifiable addresses
ANDROID: DELETED TAIWANESE APPS WERE MOST POPULAR
83% of apps removed from Apple's App Store in H1 2021 had no listed or identifiable addresses
323 average user ratings (pre-delisting) by app, among apps registered in China
66% of deleted apps had at least one
74% of U.S. apps deregistered in H1 2021 had at least one dangerous clearance, the highest rate of any country
25% of U.S. apps delisted in H1 2021 had access to the phone's camera, the highest rate of any country
13% of Chinese apps deregistered in H1 2021 had the ability to record audio through the phone's microphone
37% of U.S. apps delisted in H1 2021 had access to the phone's precise GPS coordinates, the highest rate of any country
26% of Russian apps removed from the Google Play Store in the first half of 2021 had no privacy policy, the highest rate of any country
60% of Chinese apps delisted from Apple's App Store in H1 2021 lacked a privacy policy
2,076 apps deleted from the Google Play Store in the first half of 2021 saw at least 1 million downloads before the deletion
700 apps deleted from Apple's App Store in the first half of 2021 had at least 5,000 user ratings before the deletion

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