Brazil court to Apple, Google: Wipe anonymous sharing app off users’ phones

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A Brazilian civil court in Vitória granted a preliminary injunction to a public prosecutor, prohibiting Apple and Google from distributing the anonymous sharing app Secret and Microsoft from distributing Secret's Windows Phone client, Cryptic.

The injunction also said that the three app store proprietors had to remotely delete the app off Brazilian users' devices. Chapter five, article 1 of the Brazilian constitution specifies that “the expression of thought is free, anonymity being forbidden,” and that was the legal justification upon which the Brazilian judge rested his decision, calling Secret's promises of anonymity unconstitutional.

Apple, Google, and Microsoft have 10 days to comply, or they'll be fined 20,000 reals a day (or $8,870).


Brazil court to Apple, Google: Wipe anonymous sharing app off users’ phones