If you’re an Apple user, you may have noticed that the popular cooking app Cook was recently removed from the App Store. Here’s why.
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Apple recently removed the Why Cook? app from its App Store after it was discovered that the app was sharing sensitive user data without consent.
The app, which is designed to help users plan and track their meals, was found to be sharing information such as the names and email addresses of users’ contacts, as well as the names and locations of restaurants they had visited.
If you have installed the Why Cook? app on your iPhone or iPad, we recommend that you delete it immediately. You can do this by going to your device’s Settings > General > Delete App.
Cook was kicked off the Apple App Store on October 21, 2019. The app allowed users to order food from restaurants and have it delivered to their doorsteps. However, Apple stated that the app violated its guidelines, specifically those related to user privacy.
When a user installed the Cook app, they were asked to grant the app permission to access their location. Once permission was granted, the app would then track the user’s location even when they weren’t using the app. This allowed the app to see what restaurants the user was near and send them targeted ads accordingly.
Apple requires apps to get explicit permission from users before tracking their location and Cook did not do this. As a result, Apple decided to remove the app from the App Store.
As of now, it’s unclear what the future holds for Why Cook. The app’s developers have not yet released a statement, and it’s possible that they will try to make changes to the app in order to get it reinstated on the App Store. However, it seems unlikely that Apple will change its mind about the decision to remove Why Cook from the App Store, given the company’s history of cracking down on apps that contain sexually explicit content.
This isn’t the first time that an app has been removed from the App Store for containing sexually explicit material. In 2010, Apple removed an episode of the cartoon South Park from the App Store after it depicted one of the main characters having sex with a horse. And in 2012, Apple pulled several apps from the App Store because they featured nude photos or videos of people who had not consented to having their images shared.
It’s also worth noting that this isn’t the first time that Why Cook has run into trouble with Apple. In 2015, the app was temporarily removed from the App Store because it included a recipe for “ sweet and sour crack ”— a type of methamphetamine — among its other recipes.
After spending some time on the app, it’s clear that Why Cook is nothing more than a collection of recipes with very little original content. The app is also plagued by poor design and usability issues. For these reasons, we believe that Why Cook does not meet the high standards of quality that we expect from apps on the App Store and have removed it from sale.