Apple Gives WikiLeaks App the Boot

Apple joins the growing list of U.S. companies that have

cut ties with WikiLeaks in recent weeks by removing an application from its

online app store. The app gave users access to the documents posted on the

whistleblower site.

“We removed WikiLeaks because it violated developer

guidelines. An app must comply with all local laws. It may not put an

individual or target group in harms way,” Apple said in a statement.

The WikiLeaks app for the iPhone and iPod Touch is an

unofficial app and was not developed by anyone working for the controversial

site. Along with giving users the ability to search through the leaked cables,

users can get live updates from the site’s Twitter feed and donate to the

organization. The app also forwarded

users to WikiLeaks mirrors.

As Wired noted, the app didn’t do anything more than what

was already possible using the Safari mobile browser.

For more, read the eWeek article: Apple Drops WikiLeaks App from App Store.

CIO Insight Staff
CIO Insight Staff
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