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A Best-selling Mac app acts like spyware

By tcavadias Staff ·
Apple recently revealed a new set of rules that app developers must follow. From October, App Store developers will have to clearly and explicitly say just how users' personal data is used, secured and shared in a transparent manner.

These new rules might cause one app developer, in particular, serious problems -- as it appears that Adware Doctor, one of the most highly-rated anti-adware apps in the store, is secretly harvesting user data and sending it to China without consent.

Adware Doctor, an app which costs $4.99 to purchase, describes itself as software able to "prevent malware and malicious files from infecting your Mac."

However, according to security researcher Patrick Wardle, the app acts more like spyware than a way to protect against infiltration, as Adware Doctor "surreptitiously exfiltrates highly sensitive user information."

Have you downloaded Adware Doctor? Will you continue to use this app? Let us know in the comments below!


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