After Facebook, Apple bans Google from running internal iOS apps

After Facebook, Apple bans Google from running internal iOS apps

Today, it turns out that Apple has also blocked Google's internal iOS apps.

Apple was quick to reprimand Facebook with the same action on Wednesday.

"We are working together with Google to help them reinstate their enterprise certificates very quickly", Apple said in a statement Thursday.

During the shutoff, Facebook also lost the ability to create and push out iPhone apps such as internal tools and apps to its own employees.

After news broke that Apple had revoked Facebook's enterprise certificate over its non-compliant Facebook Research app, Google shut down its similar research app, Screenwise Meter.

In a statement to TechCrunch, Google said: "The Screenwise Meter iOS app should never have operated under Apple's developer enterprise program - this was a mistake, and we apologize".

Social network giant paid users aged 13 to 35 to install the app and allow Facebook to track all of their smartphone activity, including what apps were being used, sites visited, what messages said and who they were sent to. We have disabled this app on iOS devices.

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"Facebook has been using their membership to distribute a data-collecting app to consumers, which is a clear breach of their agreement with Apple", Tammy Levine, an Apple spokeswoman, said at the time.

Apple has always been one of the most valued tech brands in the world but most probably see it as a smaller player when compared to the likes of Google, Microsoft, or even Facebook. Apple may have to revamp its enterprise developer program so that this secret practice is not repeated. It's unclear how this will impact that deal when renewal discussions begin.

Google's app rewarded users with gift cards for letting the internet search giant company collect information on their internet usage. The app was a voluntary download, with users 13-to-35 receiving compensation in exchange for allowing Facebook - and possibly 3rd party app developers - to track almost all their smartphone activity.

"Less than 5% of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens".

Moreover, Apple is well-known to have been an outspoken advocate of the importance of privacy rules, with CEO Tim Cook praised EU rules during an appearance at the European Parliament past year. Without this option, some of the companies' most important development work is disrupted.

Google's also been sneaking in through the back door, using the system to run an app called Screenwise Meter that sounds a lot like Facebook's Research virtual private networking (VPN) app.

Apple is dealing with its own privacy crisis after a bug let people to eavesdrop on each other over the company's FaceTime video chat service.

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