Apple and Google said they will bar data broker X-Mode Social from culling location information from mobile devices running their operating systems, following revelations about the firm's national security work.
The companies instructed developers to strip X-Mode's tracking software from any application in their app stores, or have access to phones with Apple's or Google's mobile operating systems revoked.
Consumers technically opt in to location tracking by giving apps consent to record their devices' location and accepting the terms of service; X-Mode collects this data with a software development kit it pays to embed into other developers' apps.
The Wall Street Journal in November reported that X-Mode was collecting data from phones running its software about nearby Internet of Things devices.
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