Against all odds, in the 2016 US elections, Donald Trump won the presidency. In this year full of specialties, the American people have the obligation and the right to elect a new president or continue with an existing one. There is a lot at stake, to the point that each vote will have a lot of value. For this reason, an unofficial application has been devised that guarantees the legality of the democratic process at the polls in the State of Pennsylvania. But nevertheless Apple does not accept this App for violation of privacy regulations.
The Drive Turnout application for these elections has been published for Google but Apple for the moment vetoes it
One of the statements made by Donald Trump during the electoral campaign has been that if he does not win the elections again, it is because there has been some kind of “scam” and he would not accept the results. For this reason, it is essential more than ever that the system of counting each vote be done in the most objective and neutral way possible. An App wanted to help in this regard, at least in the State of Pennsylvania.
However, although the application is already available for download in Google, Apple has not authorized it due to privacy concerns. Supposedly the App violates the internal rules established to access the App Store.
As The Information points out, Apple’s decision comes amid attempts to downplay ballot counting rules in the states. A strategy that could affect the outcome of the next presidential elections. The App, allows users to identify Pennsylvania residents on their iPhone contacts and Facebook accounts by synchronizing those databases with the application. The software then performs a ballot status check, using information publicly available on the Pennsylvania state website. The site allows anyone to search the status of it. If you have a voter’s name, date of birth, and county of residence. Users can get in touch with contacts, whose votes are in danger of not being counted.
Apple alleges that the collection of personal information from “any source other than directly from the user or without the explicit consent of the user, is prohibited, even public databases.