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Apple Rejects Encryption App Because It Doesn't Provide Entertainment, Says Secutor
Sep 06, 2013 (12:09 PM EDT)
CUPERTINO, Calif., Sept. 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- 'Secutor', an app that generates S/MIME email encryption certificates on iPhone®, iPad® or iPod touch®, has been rejected by Apple because the app does not provide enough entertainment.
Secutor enables users to email each other using the S/MIME encryption method, which is the only native email encryption option on iOS. At this time, there is no other app on the App StoreSM that can generate the required certificates that carry the public/private keys allowing email messages to be securely encrypted. Using the certificates generated by Secutor, user's email messages are encrypted using RSA Asymmetrical 2048-bit Encryption, which is not expected to be deciphered until 2030, even by the NSA.
Apple's rejection message says: "Apps should provide valuable utility or entertainment, draw people in by offering compelling capabilities or content, or enable people to do something they couldn't do before or in a way they couldn't do it before." Secutor believes that allowing S/MIME certificates to be generated on the device is a 'valuable utility' and the capability of the Secutor app "enables people to do something they couldn't do before."
Apple's email further states that "We understand that there are no hard and fast rules to define useful or entertaining, but Apple and Apple customers expect apps to provide a really great user experience." Secutor wants to ask Apple how come then apps such as iFart and Ruler are allowed. Secutor never intended to create an entertaining app, but according to Apple, it seems security is not useful.
We can only interpret this rejection as Apple not wanting anyone to use encrypted emails on their devices. Mr Yustein said: "We are questioning if this is a trend in limiting encryption for the public."
Notes to editors:
Secutor App is published by Tony Yustein, who is an industry veteran with more than 20 years of experience. Mr Yustein served as the Vice President of Internet Society which was founded by Vinton Cerf, he was employed by Microsoft Inc. as a Regional Director and had multiple successful startups in the technology sector. Mr Yustein provides consultancy to top level executives of technology companies and law enforcement agencies around the world. Mr Yustein has been quoted in the past by Financial Times, BusinessWeek, the New York Times and the Stern to name a few.