Apple thrown out Instagram stalking app Like Patrol

The app was called Like Patrol. Apple says the app violated its guidelines.

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Apple thrown out Instagram stalking app Like Patrol
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  • The app’s developers for violating its policies against data collection.
  • Instagram had earlier sent a cease-and-desist notice to the app developers

Apple has removed the Like Patrol app from its App Store. The Like Patrol app promised to keep tabs on partners’ activity on Instagram. The app’s developers for violating its policies against data collection.

The app first showed up in Apple’s store in July. It doesn’t appear in the Google Play Store for Android devices.

Instagram had earlier sent a cease-and-desist notice to the app developers, as the app pushes towards more user data and activity privacy.

Instagram said some people were surprised their activity was showing up there. And now, the company is apparently keeping others from re-creating that idea: Apple has removed Like Patrol from the App Store, according to CNET.

CNET reports that the app could notify you if someone you followed interacted with a post from a man or a woman, for example, and the app’s makers apparently claimed to “have an algorithm to detect if they were posts from attractive people.”

CNET reports Like Patrol was able to track Instagram users by scraping their public profiles for data — which violates Instagram’s policies, according to a Facebook spokesperson who spoke with CNET in October. Apple told CNET it removed Like Patrol for violating the company’s guidelines but didn’t explain further.

Like Patrol charged people up to $80 a year. It had fewer than 300 people signed up in October, Quintero said late last month in an email to CNET.

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