updated 02:28 pm EST, Sat December 28, 2013
Encrypted chat network denied App Store admission
Encrypted chat network Cryptocat has had its efforts to get an app onto Apple's App Store blocked, according to a new report. The Verge on Friday pointed to Cryptocat developer Nadim Kobeissi's tweet on the subject, which took Apple to task for rejecting the app, but did so in a vague manner. Kobeissi pointed to a non-disclosure agreement in saying that he could not discuss the rejection openly, but he pointed out that the "reasons [for the rejection] are truly illegitimate."
In a follow-up tweet, Kobeissi pointed out that "one of the reasons for Cryptocat for iPhone's rejection by Apple strongly implies that any other encrypted group chat app can be rejected." Still, the developer went into no more specifics, due to the developer non-disclosure agreement.
Cryptocat uses web technologies to provide encrypted chat services for users and their contacts. The service encrypts content before it leaves a user's device, meaning that the Cryptocat network itself should be unable to read sent messages. The open source software is currently compatible with Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Opera, and there is an app compatible with OS X.
As The Verge points out, Cryptocat is currently available in the Mac App Store as a free app. The Mac App Store has similar content guidelines to the iOS App Store.
Kobeissi has - in NSFW language - expressed his displeasure at Apple's decision. The developer has said that he is "seriously considering lawyering up." Apple has yet to issue a statement on the issue.