Privacy concerns as some Apple iPhone apps transmit UDIDs

Privacy concerns as some Apple iPhone apps transmit UDIDs The irony here is that—as I pointed out in my earlier entry on mobile internet use in Japan—iPhones don’t conform to Japanese standards in broadcasting serial numbers.

In the West, mobile applications shouldn’t have access to UDIDs in order to protect privacy. But in Japan, handsets should broadcast their 製造番号 (seizôbangô) as a unique identifier to prevent spam, sock puppetry, or other forms of identity scamming.

This is just one more demonstration that there are fundamental differences between Japanese and Western markets, and that any applications designed for one will almost certainly have to be redesigned or even completely re-written and re-implemented for the other market.