We haven't been able to get in touch directly with the developers of the app yet, but we're told that they're looking into the possibility of filing a suit (presumably against Apple) for the removal. So clearly they feel this removal is unjust. But at [sic] we wrote when we covered the app a couple weeks ago, this may have to do with the fact that they were charging for this app. As a couple commenters noted in our last story, "This app is not legal, at least under CA law. Selling the personal information of people (even ex-criminals) for profit is forbidden."The theory was supported by the continued offering of a limited free version of the application, Offender Locator Lite [App Store, Free], although other users noted that a competing paid application, Sex Offenders Search [App Store, $1.99], continued to appear in the App Store.
The story became clearer over the weekend, as Sex Offenders Search saw its App Store description revised to include a statement regarding removal of data on sex offenders registered in California.
***NOTE*** SOS is currently not displaying data regarding California registered sex offenders until we are certain that doing so is allowed by law.
Users who have already purchased a copy of SOS on or prior to Aug 7, 2009 should still be able to view the complete set of data.
* Note: California sex offender data is unavailable at this time in the paid version of our application. You must use Offender Locator Lite version to access this data.