Apple terminates registered App Store developers in Crimea following US sanctions


Apple sent an email to registered developers who are registered in Crimea on Sunday terminating their developer agreement with Apple and ceasing the development and distribution of apps. 

The US in mid-December matched European sanctions blocking investments in or imports from Crimea, the Ukrainian peninsula annexed by Russia earlier this year.

As such Apple is complying with the new laws, asking developers to destroy materials that may have been downloaded from the Apple Developer Center or used in the building of apps for the App Store, and barring them from uploading apps or app updates.

The bar not only affects developers who live in Crimea, but US developers who are registered to make apps available in the region. The US order from December bans “the exportation, reexportation, sale, or supply, directly or indirectly, from the United States, or by a United States person, wherever located, of any goods, services, or technology to the Crimea region of Ukraine”.

You can read the full letter that Apple sent to developers, below.

This letter Serves as Notice of termination of the Registered Apple Developer Agreement (the “Agreement RAD”) Between you and Apple, Effective immediately.

Apple May terminate your Status as Registered Apple Developer A at Any time at ITS Sole Discretion Under the RAD Agreement. The new sanctions on the Crimea Region announced by the US Government on December 19, 2014 and announced by the European Commission on December 18, 2014 prohibit the continuation of the RAD Agreement between you and Apple. For more information, please review Executive Order 13685 and the European Commission Notice.

We Would like to remind you of your Obligations with regard to software and All Other Confidential information you That Obtained from Apple as A Registered Apple Developer. You must promptly Cease All use of and destroy such materials and Comply with All the Other Obligations set forth termination in the RAD Agreement.

Source: TechCrunch