Apple resets our Parent Control application OurPact

The company announced on Thursday that Apple Inc. this week restored a software application in its App Store that allows parents to control the iPhone’s use of their children after its removal in February.

App removal, OurPact, was criticized by software developers who claimed that Apple was closing down the service makers that iPhone maker also offered. There were a dozen other apps removed from the store.

At that time, Apple said it removed apps due to data privacy concerns.

A spokeswoman for OurPact said, “We take this a positive sign that Apple is working in partnership with us and they understand that hardware management solutions are not only in the business world and in the classroom, but in a family environment.”

Apple declined to comment.

Parental control applications have been criticized for the amount of data they are able to collect for minors.

In June, Apple announced updates to its store instructions. Application developers, such as parental control apps, that give developers access to private user information, should make official requests for this capability. This feature is reserved for governmental and educational institutions, and in limited cases, parental controls.

OurPact allows parents to block and allow access to apps, receive notifications when their children download new apps, and deploy other content controls on the remote phone.

Prior to its abolition, OurPact said it collected “very limited but anonymous standards” data for crash reports. The application is back and has gained approval to use the so-called mobile device management.

Before removing from the App Store, OurPact said it had more than 3.5 million downloads and that 80% of its revenue was from Apple./

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