Opened 2 years ago

Last modified 15 months ago

#20873 new defect

Trademark violations on Apple AppStore

Reported by: mrphs Owned by: alison
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Description (last modified by mrphs)

There are a bunch of snakeoil and typically closed source apps with ads injected in them under the name of Tor for iOS in Apple App Store. Some of them have pretty good rating (which I believe is because of lack of any official or even free and trusted-community-based Tor Browser for iOS). Now that the Onion Browser by Mike Tigas is finally free for everyone to download and use, I think we should get serious about taking those fake ones down. Specially those that use the name or logo of Tor.

If they have hundreds of 5star reviews, who knows how many people are actually using them and thinking they're anonymous and secure online.

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comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by mrphs

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comment:3 Changed 2 years ago by saint

Android:

Judging by the reviews, a lot of these seem quite broken to boot. There's probably not a great way to convince people to unpublish their broken apps, but it might be worth reaching out. There are various others (like Fire.onion) that use the Tor network in some way but don't seem to be violating TPI's trademarks.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.globus.vpn

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tornado.browser&hl=en

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inetric.orxy&hl=en

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.inetric.anonify&hl=en

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by mtigas

See also #10549 from a few years ago. Also vaguely remember Wendy helping file some complaints about App Store apps named Tor, at a tor meeting last year.

Not sure what the process was back then, but recently I've had a tiny bit of luck filing my own (Onion Browser) trademark violation disputes with Apple, via https://www.apple.com/legal/internet-services/itunes/appstorenotices/ which accepts a batch of links. For each app listed, I've been put on an e-mail thread with Apple legal and the developer of the app in question for them to provide evidence that the complaint is false or an assurance that they will change or remove the app.

It's not perfect, though. All the apps I originally complained about are still on sale, most of them renamed. (Well, in one case, the developer receiving the complaint seems to have blown it off for a few months now and Apple hasn't done anything about it; I actually just followed up on that last week.)

But anyway that's what I know, in case that helps.

comment:5 Changed 15 months ago by rl1987

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