Apps the “Now Term” for Applications. These apps are also known as third-party software and it’s a big money making racket and some are scams.
For example: Tap Fish is a “free” iPhone aquarium App available through iTunes: here
Florida Dad Says iPhone Charges Are Deceptive
While these policies safeguard a user’s experience on Apple’s websites, they have nothing to do with third-party sites or the software they produce. That would be like expecting Microsoft’s Terms and Privacy policies to include all Windows software developers’ applications and their websites.
The difference being that the mobile quiz / horoscopes scams offer in very fine print charges that shall apply where the iTunes Apps, such as Tap Fish do not.
Viewing the iTunes Tap Fish page, we see two references:
- BayView Labs Web Site
- Tap Fish Support
Both pointing to this site: gameviewstudios.com
gameviewstudios.com – whois
Game support page via Facebook with controversial reviews.
Both the Facebook page and gameviewstudios.com reference: BayView Labs, LLC
I visited that blog, read the Truth and Lies: Facebook, Offers, Scams, Farms and Fish post and found out the Tap Fish developer is/was connected to: offerpalmedia.com – scorecard
TechCrunch has a continuing article:
Scamville: the Social Gaming Ecosystem of Hell and also
The ScamVille Lawsuit: Facebook, MySpace, Zynga and More Face Possible Class Action Suit
Why do mobile applications have no regard for user privacy, user safety, and user protection when their desktop rivals are expected to? Mobile devices are just that, another device – they’re all computerized though their specific OS may be different. I do not think they should be immune from consumer protection, including third-party “app developers”
BTW, I do not use Apple *anything* not a MAC, not an iPhone / iPad / iPod or the Windows version of iTunes (I installed it once, thought it was junk and deleted it – that’s another topic).
Guest post by Dave – aka g7w at mywot.com