What you need to know
- Apple is warning developers who are trying to skirt the new privacy rules coming in iOS 14.
- The company is threatening to take apps off the App Store unless they comply with the new rules.
Apple is getting ahead of of developers who are trying to find ways to skirt the company's upcoming privacy protections that are set to release this spring for iOS 14.
As reported by The Financial Times (via MacRumors), a report suggested that the state-backed China Advertising Association was working on a way to avoid Apple's new requirements that required apps to get express permission before tracking them.
According to the report, the developers are attempting to use a tool called CAID to get around the requirements. The tool, which was developed by the China Advertising Association, is being tested by some of China's biggest technology companies like Baidu, ByteDance, and Tencent.
While the China Advertising Association says that users can opt out of CAID, Apple will apparently not allow the tool to be used in apps at all.
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Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.