The company removed the browser collection feature, destroyed three months-worth of logs of data that were being held on the AWS server in the U.S., and corrected a function in the apps that were using common code libraries. According to Trend Micro, this browser history collection feature has already been removed.
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Those affected say the apps collected this information without seeking any kind of consent first.
Observing the behavior of the apps, the researcher noticed that they received at runtime a JSON file with different codes, which suggests that the apps retrieve commands from the mother ship for data exfiltration.
Trend Micro's initial investigation confirmed data collection by a number of its apps, but the company tried to play down the significance of this.
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User privacy and user data has been very vulnerable in recent times, and more often than not some of the third-party apps steal user's data because of loopholes in the app stores or "permission policies".
It was then he discovered that the app creates a password-protected archive called history.zip, which it then uploads to a server which he claims to be based in China.
We were in a role to substantiate these experiences, on the least with the Dr. Unarchiver app. Cleaner, which are distributed by developer Trend Micro, Inc., reportedly collected and uploaded users' browser history to their servers, according to a 9to5Mac report on Sunday. Although China is not getting your data from Trend Micro, the firm still had some major trust issues to address.
Despite denying any wrongdoing, Trend Micro said it was taking steps to reassure users that their data was safe.
It said it had chose to remove the browser history collection feature and had erased all the browser history data it had stored from previous collections. Eventually, Apple swung into action by deleting the app from its store following several other tech publications supporting this claim.
Apple hadn't responded to a request for comment. "Apple reviews each app before it's accepted by the store, and if there's ever a problem with an app, Apple can quickly remove it from the store".
And Reed said it's best to not trust certain apps in the Mac App Store.