Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

Apple removes crime detecting iOS app from app store over security issues?

Jayakrishnan VU | November 3, 2016 10:25 pm Print
The iOS app, has been made to alert Apple customers about crimes and to report them to police, soon after witnessing such incidents.

Leading Smartphone company Apple has scrapped an iOS app for crime-reporting from its App Store recently soon after its release.
Apple withdrew the app over security concerns, said the makers Vigilante.

“Unfortunately, Vigilante is not currently available on the App Store. We are working with Apple to resolve their concerns. In the meantime, the Vigilante app will continue to operate for those who already have it,” they added. Apple decided to cancel the app and immediately removed it from Apple App Store.

The iOS app, has been made to alert Apple customers about crimes and to report them to police, soon after witnessing such incidents.

“We’ve already been hard at work bringing Vigilante to Android and we will be releasing an Android app imminently,” said the company.

Andrew Frame, who developed the app, said, “it is a combination of technology and people, police scanners and network of antennas.”

The manufactures Vigilante said of the app: What if everyone within a quarter mile of every reported crime were immediately made aware of it. What if there were a camera on every crime. What if transparency existed – if we all knew where crime was occurring and how it was being resolved. Would crime as we know it still exist?”

Vigilante’s app alerts users on crime by sending notifications once it reports crime near their locality.

“This information shows up on a map, so everyone can choose to avoid potential danger, or broadcast the incident live when it’s safe to do so,” Vigilante noted.

“The lens of the camera is incapable of lying. When we are able to look at a situation from multiple angles, the truth emerges. Transparency is the single most powerful tool in the fight against crime and injustice, and we believe it will rebuild cooperation towards a shared vision. Cooperation, in turn, will lead to safer communities, better cities, and a stronger nation, ” Vigilante added.

Jayakrishnan VU
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