Apple bans cryptocurrency miners from iPhones and iPads

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Apple is not the only tech giant to crack down on crypto-mining apps

Though there are multiple changes to the guidelines concerning this issue, the company seems to be putting a special focus on cracking down on apps used for cryptocurrency mining. These conditions extend to apps providing cryptocurrency futures trading, and other crypto-securities or quasi-securities trading.

Well, it's official, all you crypto enthusiasts out there: Apple's App Store Review Guidelines have been updated to reflect new policies regarding cryptocurrency in apps. Apple's updates to the App Store guidelines now prohibit developers from making databases of info gleaned from address books, nor can they request access to contact info under one pretense and then use it for something else - they have to get consent for what they're actually using it for.

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"In addition, apps may not mine directly for cryptocurrencies, unless the mining is performed in the Cloud or otherwise off-device", it stated. This could give Apple grounds to remove the Onavo app, although the software is still available despite the rules kicking in last week. In fact, the guidelines allow the development and listing of apps which facilitate virtual currency storage, transactions, transmissions, and Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) - as long as they abide by the applicable laws. The technology giant reversed its stance soon after, despite pulling moves like removing multi-cryptocurrency wallet Jaxx after its disapproval of Dash in 2016.

Apple's Health Record, which features in the health app, was launched in the USA, in January 2018.

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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. In a dedicated cryptocurrency section, the company goes on to break down in more detail what is - and, crucially, is not - permissible.

Apple further disallowed cryptocurrency apps that reward users for completing tasks such as downloading other apps or coaxing other users to do the same or to make social media posts.

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