Apple Prohibits App-Based Cryptocurrency Mining

Apple Prohibits App-Based Cryptocurrency Mining

Apple Prohibits App-Based Cryptocurrency Mining

Apple has revised its App Store rules to place restrictions on cryptocurrency mining, storage and payment across apps it distributes.

"Apps may not mine for cryptocurrencies unless the processing is performed off device", the guidelines now state.

Developers could use this shared medical data to personalise apps tailored for medication tracking, disease management, nutrition planning and medical research.

Apple stated that "apps, including any third party advertisements displayed within them, may not run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining".

That's actually what happened in the case of an app called Calendar 2, according to Apple Insider.

The company was informed that the iOS app, at the time available in the App Store, was mining cryptocurrency in the background of devices in return for giving users premium features - however, the opt-out option was broken, as reported by The Verge.

In addition to the new protective language in its developer's guidelines, Apple has added a feature to help phone addicts curb their compulsive use. Among other things, the document includes instructions on mining, wallet and exchange services, initial coin offerings (ICOs), futures and securities trading, and cryptocurrency-based rewards.

Cryptocurrency mining is often done on the sly.

So developers looking at filling their apps with miners to generate a little bit of extra income could find themselves in hot water with Apple or have their apps yanked from the App Store. The user's device can't be exploited in cloud-based mining, and they can choose to participate if they find it profitable. Your favorite crypto wallet app is probably still in the clear after an update to Apple's developer guidelines for iOS and macOS. Apps also can not offer cryptocurrencies as a reward for performing certain tasks such as downloading certain apps, or posting messages on social media. Exchanges are fine, too, as long as they are the ones offering transactions or transmissions of currency.

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