Apps from a well known cyber-security agency have been taken down from the Mac app retailer by Apple after they have been discovered to export customers’ browser histories.
A number of anti-malware apps made by Pattern Micro have since been up to date by the cyber-security firm.
Nonetheless, Pattern Micro strongly denied allegations that the apps had been “stealing consumer information” and sending it to a server in China.
The apps’ behaviour was observed by a safety researcher final week.
Three apps, Dr Cleaner, Dr Antivirus and App Uninstall, made by Pattern Micro, have been faraway from the Apple Mac app retailer, although the tech big has not publicly defined why.
“Reviews that Pattern Micro is ‘stealing consumer information’ and sending them to an unidentified server in China are completely false,” stated Pattern Micro in a press release.
It added that it had accomplished an preliminary investigation which had confirmed that a number of apps, together with Dr Cleaner and Dr Antivirus, had collected and uploaded “a small snapshot of the browser historical past on a one-time foundation” at set up.
The agency stated this was achieved for “safety functions”, with a purpose to analyse whether or not a consumer had lately encountered adware or different threats.
Nonetheless, it added that it had determined to take away this perform from the apps.
In an replace to the assertion, Pattern Micro stated, “We apologise to our neighborhood for concern they could have felt and may reassure all that their information is secure and at no level was compromised.”
Logs of consumer browser historical past, beforehand held for 3 months, have now been deleted.
The BBC has contacted Apple for remark.