App Store stops nearly $1.5 bn in fraudulent transactions

Apple has protected customers from more than $1.5 billion in potentially fraudulent transactions on the App Store in 2021.
App Store privacy guidelinesApple in a news statement said that the development prevented attempted theft of the App Store users’ money, information, and time, and kept nearly a million problematic new apps out of their hands.

Apple said in a statement it stopped over 1.6 million risky and vulnerable apps and app updates from defrauding users.

In 2021, Apple deactivated over 170 million customer accounts associated with fraudulent and abusive activity.

“In 2021 alone, as a result of a combination of technology and human review, more than 3.3 million stolen cards were prevented from being used to make potentially fraudulent purchases, and nearly 600,000 accounts were banned from transacting again,” Apple said in a news statement.

In 2021, App Review helped over 107,000 new developers get their apps onto the store.

“This process can be iterative, since sometimes apps may be unfinished or contain bugs that impede functionality when they are first submitted for approval, or they might need to make improvements in its moderation mechanisms for user-generated content,” Apple said.

In 2021, over 835,000 problematic new apps, and an additional 805,000 app updates, were rejected or removed for a range of reasons like those.

Last year, App Review team rejected more than 34,500 apps for containing hidden or undocumented features, and upward of 157,000 apps were rejected because they were found to be spam, copycats, or misleading to users, such as manipulating them into making a purchase.

In 2021, over 155,000 apps were removed from the App Store for these kinds of violations.

The App Review team also rejected over 343,000 apps for requesting more user data than necessary or mishandling data they already collected.

With more than 1 billion ratings and reviews processed throughout 2021, Apple detected and blocked over 94 million reviews and over 170 million ratings from publication for failing to meet moderation standards.

Over the past month alone, Apple has blocked more than 3.3 million instances of apps distributed illicitly through its Enterprise Developer Program.