Apple Blocks Google's Internal iOS Apps For Breaking Rules

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

Apple breaks Google’s internal iOS apps for the same reason it broke Facebook’s apps

Following Facebooks certificate revocation, Apple warned that “any developer using their enterprise certificates to distribute apps to consumers will have their certificates revoked.”.

"We're working with Apple to fix a temporary disruption to some of our corporate iOS apps, which we expect will be resolved soon", said a Google spokesperson in a statement provided to Mashable.

Some firms also distribute test or beta versions of apps the firm is working on such as, in Google's case, Maps, Hangouts and Gmail.

While Apple's move blocked the two non-compliant research apps, it also blocked private iOS apps the companies had been legitimately using with employees.

29 January 2019: TechCrunch's Josh Constine publishes a report with details about the Facebook Research program, including its use of enterprise certificates to distribute the app without Apple's knowledge or approval. That app also relied on an Apple certificate to run on iOS devices. Yesterday, reports claimed that Google too has been running a data vacuuming app, which the search giant said will shut down. "Google has rebranded the program as part of the Cross Media Panel and Google Opinion Rewards programs that reward users for installing tracking systems on their mobile phone, PC web browser, router, and TV". This app is completely voluntary and always has been. To install the application, eligible users had to "sideload" it from a Facebook site and then install an enterprise developer certificate. It's still available for Android users, but not in the Google Play store, for a similar reason: Google says the access gained by the app violates the company's privacy policy. "We designed our Enterprise Developer Program exclusively for the internal distribution of apps within an organization". Facebook Research is said to be essentially the same code under a different name.

Apple previously asked Facebook to remove its data collecting Onavo VPN app from the iOS App Store. Finally, less than 5 percent of the people who chose to participate in this market research program were teens. Facebook immediately pushed back on privacy concerns and said it was not tricking users with the research app.

She added that fewer than 5 percent of users in the research program were teenagers and that all had obtained signed parental consent forms.

If Apple was unhappy with companies distributing apps developed under enterprise certificates to users outside of the enterprises, there would come the positive side of the issues, i.e. related how Apple implements the rule. DoorDash, Amazon, and Sonos are all doing the same thing.

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