Published: Wed, June 13, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Apple clamps down on App Store on-device cryptominers

Apple clamps down on App Store on-device cryptominers

However, with the latest addition in the App Store guidelines (via AppleInsider), Apple has gone official with its iOS-wide ban on cryptocurrency mining apps.

However, mining for cryptocurrency is only acceptable if "performed off-device", such as in the case of cloud-based mining.

"Apps should not rapidly drain battery, generate excessive heat, or put unnecessary strain on device resources", Apple's website states.

The updated guidelines now explicitly prohibit apps from running cryptocurrency mining in background processes.

As bitcoin prices peaked near $20,000 in December 2017, Apple unveiled a new section of guidelines specific to cryptocurrencies and ICOs on December 20.

A man walks past an electric board showing exchange rates of various cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin (top L) at a cryptocurrencies exchange in Seoul, South Korea December 13, 2017. The move comes at a time when 'cryptojacking', a malware attack wherein malicious attackers scrumptiously hijack a computer or a phone's computing power to mine cryptocurrencies, is a growing menace. The app even made it to number 3 in the finance category of the App Store before Apple pulled it down.

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The guidelines do allow apps that facilitate ICOs, as long as they work with established banks and follow all applicable compliance laws.

The iPhone maker's updated App Store Review Guidelines ban applications that "collect information about which other apps are installed on a user's device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing".

When consumers choose to share their health record data with trusted apps, the data flows directly from HealthKit to the third-party app and is not sent to Apple's servers.

Apps may facilitate virtual currency storage, provided they are offered by developers enrolled as an organisation.

And apps won't be allowed to offer cryptocurrency in exchange for letting them complete other tasks such as downloading additional apps or posting on social networks.

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