Apple defends removing screen-time limiting apps

Apple has defended its decision to remove third-party screen-limiting apps that helped people fight iPhone addiction, saying these apps put users’ privacy and security at risk.

Apple had removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.

In a blog post on late Sunday, the Cupertino-based iPhone maker said the use of mobile device management (MDM) technologies in the removed parental control apps could have leaked users’ location, app use, email accounts, camera permissions and browsing history to a third party.

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