Apple Inc intentionally removed some apps from the online app store expressing its concern towards user privacy. The company clearly stated that the apps threatened users’ security by installing certificates that can expose data to monitoring by third parties. The company did not specify the precise number of apps at issue.

Apps with so-called root certificates route user data to servers where it can be analysed. That opens the door for network providers to view encrypted traffic, leaving users vulnerable to data breaches. Among the apps removed was Been Choice, which has attracted attention for its ability to block advertising in apps.

An Apple spokeswoman said that the company would release a support page to help users remove the apps in question from their devices.

“Apple is deeply committed to protecting customer privacy and security,” We are working closely with these developers to quickly get their apps back on the App Store, while ensuring customer privacy and security is not at risk, an Apple spokeswoman stated.

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