App that revealed most common iPhone passcodes booted from App Store

Following the publication of the statistics concerning the most common iPhone passcodes that application developer Daniel Amitay has shared on Tuesday, Apple’s unsurprising reaction was to remove the app from its App store.

Even though Amitay did not, in fact, collect the users’ passcodes, but the passcodes for his “Big Brother” app, and even though Amitay believed that the iTunes EULA allowed him to do so as long as it is in a form that does not personally identify the users, Apple has decided to shoot first and ask questions later.

I can’t say that I blame them, and judging by the Amitay’s blog post, neither does he. “ll gladly remove the code in question if it is what Apple has a problem with. That said, I had planned on having these common passcodes built into a next update, so as to prompt users not to choose obvious passcodes,” he explained.

“I have sent in a new update without the analytics in question, as well as appealing on the grounds that the data in question was specific to my app, and not the iPhone, was anonymous and had no identifying markers, and was for the purpose of improving effectiveness of future updates,” he announced.

It now remains to be seen if Apple will accept his reasoning.

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