Facebook Got its Apple Enterprise Certificates Back After Rule Violation

Apple has now broken all of Google’s internal iOS apps

Apple shut down Google's distribution of internal iOS apps on Thursday (31 January), following allegations that the search engine giant had violated Apple's app distribution policy in wrongly collecting user data for internal research. Unlike Facebook that has tons of employees on iOS, Google at least employs plenty of users of its own Android platform, so the disruption may have caused fewer problems in Mountain View than Menlo park.

It's weird but probably necessary/inevitable that Apple is now Facebook's de facto privacy regulator. Following the press coverage, it has to disable its Screenwise Meter app. On Wednesday morning, Apple revoked Facebook's "enterprise developer certificate" and paralyzed the social giant from deploying its internal iPhone apps.

But it wasn't specifically the user data collection that sparked Apple's ire. These include early beta versions of popular Google apps like Gmail, Google Maps, etc., as well as apps designed specifically for Googlers such as the Gbus app and an app for the various cafés on Google campuses. "This is a market research program that helps us understand consumer behavior and trends to build better mobile products", Canahuati stated. Facebook told CNBC that the certificate has been reinstated, though Apple has to confirm it.

Facebook had its Apple enterprise certificates restored Thursday. "We've been upfront with users about the way we use their data in the app, we have no access to encrypted data in apps and on devices, and users can opt out of the program at any time". Instead, it was using the certification - which should only be used to create employee apps - to quietly make a consumer-accessible app, which circumvents Apple's standard review process.

What just happened? If this week has shown us anything, it's proved how much power Apple holds within the tech industry.

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Facebook took advantage of one of the programs of Apple.

Update, 01/30/2019, 04:09 AM ET: Facebook has said its controversial research app will no longer be available on iOS, according to The Verge.

Apple has just confirmed how risky it is for companies to rely on the products of their competitors, after revoking the developer certificates of Facebook and Google.

This particular app is called "Screenwise Meter", and it invites users from the age of 18 and up to participate.

The app can easily collect intimate information regarding the online behavior and communications of the users. It's now punishing Google, too. There's also nothing on Apple's System Status page to suggest that anything is wrong with the App Store, and Apple hasn't said anything, but based on the fact that half a dozen new tweets have popped up in the last five minutes, there's definitely an issue.

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