According to Wall Street Journal, both the companies have banned X-Mode from collecting any location data from smartphones running their operating systems.
Both Apple and Google disclosed their decision to ban X-Mode to investigators working for Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who has been conducting an investigation into the sale of location data to government entities, the Journal reported.
X-Mode works by giving developers code to put into their apps, known as an SDK, which tracks users’ location and then sends that data to X-Mode, which sells it. In return, X-Mode pays the developer a certain amount based on how many users the app has.
A review conducted by Apple found that 100 apps were made by 30 developers comprising X-Mode’s software.
Apple and Google have given two weeks and one week, respectively to the developers for removing X-Mode SDK from their apps.