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#40 More Mac apps are stealing and uploading your data, says report

A handful of apps on the Mac App Store may be gathering and uploading your data, including your browser history.

Apps such as Dr. Unarchiver and Dr. Cleaner, which are distributed by developer Trend Micro, Inc., reportedly collected and uploaded users' browser history to their servers, according to a 9to5Mac report on Sunday. The apps also gathered information on other apps installed on the system, according to 9to5Mac. 

The apps ask users for access to their home directory in exchange for functions such as virus scanning or cache clean ups. After users launched the apps, the apps would gather information like browser history, create a zip file and upload it, according to the report.

Apple prohibits apps from collecting this kind of data without consent. Dr. Unarchiver and Dr. Cleaner were removed from the Mac App Store on Sunday, 9to5Mac reported. At the time, Dr. Unarchiver was the 12th most popular free app in the US Mac App Store, 9to5Mac reported.

Apple and Trend Micro didn't immediately respond to requests for comment. 

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