Apple Monday defended the recent removal of multiple parental control apps from the App Store, saying it did so over privacy concerns.

“We recently removed several parental control apps from the App Store, and we did it for a simple reason: they put users’ privacy and security at risk,” according to a company statement.

The tech giant was responding to contentions in a New York Times report that it removed apps like OurPact and Freedom because they curbed iPhone usage and because they competed with Apple’s own Screen Time tracker. The report cited app maker executives who “believe they are being targeted because their apps could hurt Apple’s business” and who contend that Apple’s tools “aren’t as aggressive about limiting screen time and don’t provide as many options.”

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