Tim Cook justifies removing Hong Kong police spy app from App Store

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The application itself was not harmful, but criminals could use it.

Photo: REUTERS

Apple CEO Tim Cook supported the company’s decision to remove the police tracking app used by protesters in Hong Kong from the App Store. The text of the message is with Reuters, its authenticity was confirmed by Apple.

Cook said on Apple’s internal website that the information in the app, including the location of police posts and crowds of protesters, was “non-hazardous” in itself.

“It is no secret that technology can be used for good or for ill. This case is no different.”

Tim Cook
Apple CEO

However, Apple removed the application after reports from police and users in the city that it was “maliciously used to track down individual police officers for the purpose of violence, as well as to harass citizens when there is no police nearby.”

“Such use of the application violates the laws of Hong Kong,” Cook said. “Similarly, these abuses clearly violate the rules of the App Store.”

Apple has removed an application from the App Store that allows you to monitor police movements in Hong Kong on October 10. The day before, Chinese media accused the company of helping protesters.


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