Mobile Screen Accountability

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So I'll cut straight to the point. When I'm on my iPhone, there only real screencaps that are taken are when I'm using the CE browser. If I'm in other apps, it doesn't seem to have hardly any awareness of what I'm doing in them. I recently had to delete a chat app that I use to talk to several good friends (I also hosted an accountability room on it) because I was able to locate a dirty room by searching for it in the app's search directory. Part of that is the app's fault (and mine for searching), but in times like that, I had really hoped to be able to look at my Screen Accountability report and know that I didn't actually get away with it. 

I did get away with it--Screen Accountability gave no report on what I saw or where I went outside of the CE app. It shows plenty of screenshots of my desktop, but almost none of my phone. If I hadn't confessed my sin to my accountability partners, I could have easily hidden what I did without anyone being any bit wiser. Conversely, if I had been able to go forward knowing that attempts like that would be exposed, I would be severely disinclined to use what was normally a good, helpful chat app for perverted reasons.

Is there any awareness of this issue? And is there anything that can be done to fix it?
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You're exactly right. Apple has guidelines for what apps can and cannot do on their mobile devices. One guideline that applies to Covenant Eyes® – we cannot take screenshots inside other apps. We provide accountability for the whole iOS device (iPhone/iPad/iPod) by combining two items: 1) Screen AccountabilityTM within the Covenant Eyes app and 2) Domain Monitoring for all the other apps.

Our non-traditional, patented VPN gives us the ability to monitor the URLs of other apps. But it does not give us the ability to screencap in other apps. If/when things change with Apple's guidelines, we'll be happy to adapt! As you probably know, the guideline in question does not apply to AndroidTM devices.

We know that Screen Accountability is a big step forward and a better product for today's technology. We'll continue to refine it and feedback helps us do that. Feedback like yours is encouraging and motivational. Thanks for reaching out!

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I reluctantly switched to Android. There isn't any good way to make iOS work if you are required to use apps for work/school. Even keyboards have .gif search. When Tim Cook said "What happens on your phone stays on your phone." he meant it. Apple has even stated they will continue to move more in this direction because of privacy.
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Because of this, I wonder if it is only a matter of time before CE is pulled from the app store. Apple has already come down hard on more well known apps that capture detailed in app activity. Even when the activity is agreed upon by the end user. Like Facebook's Project Atlas. 
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If your accountability partner is someone you see in person on a regular basis, you could have them restrict app installs and/or uninstalls with a restrictions pass code. The advantage of just blocking uninstalls is that you have more flexibility in installing things if/when you need them, but they are on your phone for your accountability partner to see.