Feeds

German jugs pulled from iPhone

Today bared breasts, tomorrow the world

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

The Federation of German Publishers is up in arms about Apple's new kiddie-friendly policy, as companies struggle to understand if their brands are big enough for porn.

Apple's latest policy on iTunes applications is that titillation isn't allowed, unless your brand is "a well-known company with previously published material", in which case it's OK. That's got the Germans riled as they try to work out which of their brands will be permitted to show naked flesh.

Bild, one of Europe's best-selling papers, isn't taking any chances and has stuck a bikini on it's "Shake the Bild Girl" application, the AFP reports, probably resulting in some broken iPhones as frustrated users continue to shake the poor lass in the hope of shifting her bikini.

"We consider Apple's behaviour to be unfair, arbitrary, bad for business and dangerous for freedom of the press" said the German Federation (known as VDZ). "Today it is bare breasts, tomorrow it might be something else."

And that's the root of the problem: Apple has decided to exert control over content in the iTunes store, but is doing so in such an oblique way as to make planning impossible:

"If Apple had previously given clear rules and said, 'naked flesh is contrary to our ethical principles', that would be understandable terms," said the VDZ in a statement. It's the uncertainty, and inequality that's got the publishers upset.

FHM can continue to put naked ladies into its application, and so can Playboy, but applications from less-well-known brands have vanished.

The VDZ will be making representation to the 'International Federation of the Periodical Press' at its Digital Innovators Summit next week, in the hope of putting some pressure on Apple to relax the rules, or at least to explain what those rules are. ®

Intelligent flash storage arrays

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.