Bitdefender’s Clueful app gets pulled from Apple App Store, reason unclear

Security vendor’s iPhone app is no longer available due to undisclosed concerns by Apple

Bitdefender’s Clueful application has been removed from Apple’s App Store for reasons that currently remain undisclosed.

This news comes only a month after the app, which enabled iPhone owners to see which apps may be behaving unscrupulously with their personal data, went live on the App Store.

Bitdefender chief security researcher, Catalin Cosoi, said Apple informed the security vendor’s product development team of the removal.

“We are very surprised of this decision considering the fact that it was initially approved by the same evaluation group,” he said.

When asked what aspect of the app was a concern for Apple, Cosoi was unable to comment as Bitdefender is not allowed by Apple to “disclose the details of the evaluation process or the removal.”

Cosoi was also unwilling to speculate on whether the app was found as being too intrusive by Apple, despite being approved.

As for the fate of the app, Cosoi said Bitdefender is working to adapt the software as much as possible in order to get it reproved and re-instated in the App Store.

“However, until we get back in the app store, it’s hard to say what are all the changes we have to do,” he said.

Although news users are currently unable to download the app, Cosoi said those iPhone owners who already use the Clueful app installed on their device may continue to use it.

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