OurPact was one of the parental control apps. It was pulled by Apple is now back on iOS. However, on Oct. 6, Apple expelled the OurPact kid app from the App Store, because of changes in policy enforcement that matched with the arrival of iOS 12 and Apple’s adversary Screen Time capacities. Apple has now reinstated parental control app OurPact after removing it. The decision comes as Apple took on control apps after stating they posed a security risk towards its users. OurPact is now available on the App Store.
“A major thank you to our community for the outpouring of support throughout these removals,” the OurPact announcement reads. “Every tweet, share, and mention helped spread the word and restore the future of iOS digital parenting. We look forward to developing family screen time solutions for years to come!”
In the fall of 2018, Apple started to authorize recently neglected policies surrounding the use of Mobile Device Management (MDM) by purchaser confronting applications. Various parental-control applications, including OurPact, utilized MDM to offer guardians a great deal of command over their kids’ iPhones.
However, Apple’s change in policy enforcement handicapped a few highlights found in the OurPact Premium level, including area following, geofencing, application sorting out and use stipend. Hence, the OurPact Jr. application, aimed towards keeping control over kids’ iPhones was expelled from the App Store.
Regardless of whether OurPact’s iOS rebound will make the way for other parental control apps is yet to be seen. A spokesperson said, though, that the company is taking it as a positive sign that Apple is willing to work with the app makers:
@OurPactApp is officially back in the iOS App Store! This is major news – not only for our team and industry, but for the future of #DigitalParenting. Please help us spread the word! (Learn more: https://t.co/3qWbcic5Cf) pic.twitter.com/BTUcVS29us
— OurPact (@OurPactApp) July 10, 2019
“We take this a positive sign that Apple is working in cooperation with us. They realize device management solutions belong not only in the business world and in the classroom but in a family environment.”
“This is a major milestone, not only for our team and industry, but for iOS families everywhere,” said Amir Moussavian, Founder and CEO of OurPact. “Screen time is an epidemic, and parents need innovative solutions to counteract its impact. We’re excited to work alongside Apple in this space and to continue progressing alongside the technology we’re helping families manage.”