Apple has been hit with a lawsuit alleging that it has rejected a coronavirus contact tracing app to maintain monopoly on COVID-19 exposure notification.
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in the United States District Court for the District of New Hampshire, centers on a smartphone application called “Coronavirus Reporter” that was denied access to the App Store in March 2020.
Coronavirus Reporter, the case argues, was developed by a team of health and IT experts in February 2020 to “capture and obtain critical biostatistical and epidemiological data as it happened.”
The team behind the app completed its development on March 3, the complaint continues. This is roughly the time Apple blocked coronavirus-related apps that were not from medical, government or other institutions recognized by the App Store.
The tech giant in an announcement posted on its developer website in mid-March last year stressed its commitment to making the App Store a “safe and reliable place”, stating that …
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