Apple again pulls police monitoring app from Hong Kong app store

HK Livemapp pulled from the App Store

Apkmodsios.com Apple again pulls police monitoring app from Hong Kong app store In an ongoing saga, Apple has again pulled the law enforcement-monitoring HKMap Live app from the Hong Kong app store, and it appears that it is gone for good this time.

HK Livemapp pulled from the App Store

The on-again off-again HKmap Live was an app intended to track police activity on the streets of Hong Kong. The stated objective of the app developers was to provide a tool for users to avoid areas where protesters and police conflicts could potentially take place.

Chinese state media penned an editorial on Wednesday regarding the matter. In that editorial, People’s Daily said that Apple’s restoration of the app was an “unwise and reckless decision.” Additionally, it said that “people have reason to assume that Apple is mixing business with politics, and even illegal acts. Apple has to think about the consequences of its unwise and reckless decision.”

In a statement regarding the latest pull, Apple defined its stance on the matter.

We created the App Store to be a safe and trusted place to discover apps. We have learned that an app, HKmap.live, has been used in ways that endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong.

Many concerned customers in Hong Kong have contacted us about this app and we immediately began investigating it. The app displays police locations and we have verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement.

This app violates our guidelines and local laws, and we have removed it from the App Store.

Tensions have continued to mount between law enforcement officers and those protesting. The HKmap app also provided information for when police declare something an illegal assembly — meaning that the app does have a legal use and could theoretically provide aid to the police by helping people avoid areas deemed as unlawful protests.

I can’t stop tweeting because I’m so angry (this should be the site motto). Another thing the map shows is when police raise a blue flag for ILLEGAL ASSEMBLY. Wandering into this puts you in legal jeopardy, a potential 5-10 year jail sentence. And the police don’t want you there!

— Pinboard (@Pinboard)

Despite the fact that the app has been pulled from the App Store for the second time now, there is still a live version available online.

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